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Seven Slate Towers

Ackroyd & Harvey

1996 – 2024

Designed by Dan Harvey, with assistance from Heather Ackroyd, Dan Knight and Paul Wilkins

Commissioned by Sir Robert and Lisa Sainsbury for the Secluded Garden at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew

The fountain forms the central feature of the Secluded Garden at the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew.

The towers are constructed from hundreds of slates, each layer specifically cut, and placed to create a spiralling tower. The top of each tower is finished with a bronze bowl cast from copper sulphate crystal forms. Water is pumped up the towers filling the bowls slowly, and then trickles back down to the pool below. Originally created without a surrounding fence but due to fears of potential danger the piece was fenced off against the artist’s wishes.