Secret Garden Project

Habitat by Tania Kovats

16 May 2011 - 16 May 2014

HABITAT: A Floating Garden by Tania Kovats

A new environmental art commission for Islington’s City Road Basin launched in May 2011

Islington Council together with UP Projects, have commissioned one of the UK’s leading contemporary artists Tania Kovats to design a floating garden for the newly developed City Road Basin of the Regents Canal.

The City Road Basin site is a beautiful watery haven, connected to the busy waterway system of the Regents Canal. Tania Kovat’s HABITAT introduces a floating, organic sculptural element to the Basin that enhances the magic of this hidden public space. The structure has been planted with various botanical species that are sympathetic to the watery environment.

The island ‘garden’ also includes several sculptural ‘nests’ based on the nests of birds that might be found in the Basin; Moorhens, Herons, and Blackbirds. These nests are larger than normal, elevated and held on steel structures to give the garden a strong visual focus even when the plants are in a dormant winter phase and to attract wildlife to the island. 

This new installation launched in May 2011 and will remain in situ for several years to allow the garden to establish and encourage local birdlife to inhabit this micro environment.

The Secret Garden Project writer in residence, Sarah Butler, also created a new text to compliment Tania Kovat’s HABITAT which lives on her Word Garden site.

See the workshops section for images of creative sessions held with nearby Islington Boat Club as part of HABITAT.