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RHS Chelsea Flower Show

From 24th May to 28th May  2022

‘SOLACE’ measures 3m high and represents freedom, fragility but with power, strength, and protection.


The symbolism of angel wings can be enjoyed by people of all faiths and of none. This piece has been inspired by previous projects to help bring awareness to the loss of loved ones during the pandemic, and now reflects on the casualties of Ukraine

The sculpture is made up of over 100 glass ‘feathers’ each individually hot sculpted in clear glass with the introduction of fine white cane work creating realism to their light-flowing nature. The centres (rachis) are blown using opal white glass to create a hollow, so that each feather can be hung from the bones of the wings which are forged in iron by Ryan Harms.

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Layne Rowe is an extremely gifted glass artist whose approach to colour, form and surface pattern has evolved radically. Layne’s journey in glass began in 1994 during his degree course in 3D design at the University of Central Lancashire.


On graduating he worked at London Glassblowing for a number of years before moving to Brazil where he set up a glass studio before rejoining Peter Layton. He currently makes work from his own studio in Cambridgeshire still placing the necessity to work with fellow artists.

Layne’s work has been widely exhibited around the world, notably in the V&A’s ‘Power of Making’ exhibition.  During 2014 he showed alongside Grayson Perry and Alexander McQueen in ‘Subversive Design’, at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

In 2015 Layne won the Design Award Bavarian State Prize for his cane overlay technique. In consecutive years he has shown in Collect at the Saatchi Gallery and then Somerset house in 2020. 

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