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Client Background

This project brought art to life as a Van Gogh was recreated in living plants in Trafalgar Square.  Viritopia love to work closely with artists, architects and local town councils so we were delighted when the National Portrait Gallery commissioned us to recreate a famous Van Gogh painting in their collection as a living wall of plants outside their famous building on Trafalgar Square.

Featured Solution

  • Viritopia Living Wall System (Exterior)

Size:     25m² - 150m²

Project Drivers

Social Impact


van gogh painting

How we did it

First we created a computer layout breaking down Van Gogh's painting into colour sections. Then the expert botanists at Viritopia selected flower and foliage plants to match each colour cell. Next we grew all the plants needed in our nurseries and delivered them to Trafalgar Square in time to plant the massive screen installed outside the gallery.  Using our clever modular system, our horticulturists quickly planted the screen following the colour plan ...and stood back to see how it looked!

van in front of large living green wall