york minster cathedral interior covered in grass york minster cathedral interior covered in grass
jun 11, 2012

york minster cathedral interior covered in grass

‘turfing york minster’ by wow!grass!, 2012 the nave of york minster covered in grass  image © PA

greenery installation branch wow! grass! of UK turf company lindum has covered the entirety of the nave belonging to york minster with a layer of real grass.  rather than growing turf from a soil base, the company instead starts their roll-able plant sheets from a felt structure formed from recycled british textiles, developed by lindum. a team of ten workers extended a layer of plastic upon the ground of the church, then putting in place the soil-less plant artwork, transforming the gothic structure’s nave into a green expanse of interior space. the 16,000 square foot grass artwork had been developed for the york minster rose dinner to benefit the cathedral’s monetary collection organization, the york minster fund, for the continued upkeep of the 1,000 year old structure. 

stephen fell managing director of lindum in the nave of york image © PA

a leader of the english church pushes a lawn mower across the interior of the church image © rossparry.co.uk

the completed turf installation image courtesy wow! grass!

building of the grassy cathedral interior image via sky news

sheets of roll-on-lawn rest outside the church image via sky news

‘wowgrass in york minster’ via

via daily mail / my modern met

  • I just have to say – that is gorgeous!!! I wish i could get over there to see it!

    Angela says:
  • WHY?

    charles says:
  • Lol, Charles.

    www.freshpap.com says:
  • Lol! This awesome! It’s so awesome to see a Cardinal in his full robes pushing a lawn mower!

    June says:
  • I have my doubts that he’s a cardinal, since it’s York Minster Cathedral is Anglican….

    Shawn says:
  • Absolutely surrealistic!!

    Susana Falconi says:
  • How long will this be there?

    Grayle says:
  • what is the point?

    Bonnie Elizabeth says:
  • Seriously…it’s a MINSTER, not a cathedral! And @Bonnie Elizabeth: READ THE ARTICLE!

    Architect... says:
  • Actually, York Minster is both a cathedral and a minster at the same time. A cathedral is a church which boasts the seat of a bishop [url=http://www.yorkminster.org/worship/archbishop/] (which York Minster has)[/url], while a minster is defined as a church established during the Anglo-Saxon era as a monastic/teaching center…
    Just so ya know

    bernard v. says:
  • HOGWARTS!!!

    alyona says:
  • did i mention that moulie-savart also created this sort of beauty at claude 2009 funeral of claude lalanne at st. roch, in paris, with the addition of flocks of his famous sculptures of sheep – fleece and all – in the nave, etc?

    christopher english walling says:
  • (the same 2nd-largest-18th-century-&-earlier-cathedral-in-paris but largely unknown in which i had my mother\’s funeral – decorations, flags, head-of-bitish-military-in-europe giving a eulogy, relevant & beautiful music, and all…not long after)

    christopher english walling says:
  • This is brilliant. Such an amazing idea!

    Jenny says:

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