The State of the World’s Plants

Plants underpin all aspects of our everyday life — from the food that we eat, to the clothes that we wear, the materials we use, the air we breathe, the medicines we take and much more. The State of the World’s Plants - Kew’s biennial publication - is a synthesis of current knowledge on the world’s plants and the threats they face.

Designmap were commissioned to translate the report into an interactive exhibition to be held in the atrium space at the Millennium Seedbank at Wakehurst.

We worked closely with Kew scientists and the
in-house interpretation team to identify the key points from the extensive report. These were amalgamated into 8 themes which were explored though object displays, physical interactives, graphics and digital media.

A central installation of interpretive, sculptural trees made from cardboard, depicts 5 trees currently at risk that can be found in the gardens at Wakehurst. Graphics on the trees and inter-actives and games around the base of the trunks explore threats faced and possible solutions.

At the end of the exhibition, the 2050 garden, is a living exhibit of plants Kew scientists believe will be commonplace in a Sussex garden by that year, if global warming continues at its current rate.

Designmap are a delight to work with. Their talented team took us, and our brief, on an innovative adventure into sculptural cardboard, beautiful graphics and inspiring interpretive content. Despite working to a tight budget and short timescale, their cheerful and collaborative working style produced an exhibition that far exceeded our expectations.

Astrid Krumins, Interpretation Manager, Kew Gardens