22 Jan 2022

RHS Chelsea garden based around Canon printed images achieves a first in design

Bluebell Woods

A first in garden design awaits the expected 150,000+ visitors to this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show (24th – 28th May) with the integration of stunning, large format printed images to create a unique urban garden at the show.  The images, the work of contemporary landscape photographer, David Anthony Hall, will be incorporated into the external landscape - Thompsons Plein Air Gallery Garden (Stand PW42 Pavilion Way) – being created by Thompson’s Galleries to showcase Hall’s work and to demonstrate the harmonious link between art and the creative outdoor space.

Measuring up to 3m x 1.5m, the panoramic images have been produced on a Canon imagePROGRAF iPF9100 large format printer by Canon UK’s distributor, Surrey- based Velmex Distribution.  Printed on 260gsm photo gloss paper and then face mounted on to Perspex (i.e. sandwiched between a piece of Perspex and Dibond or an aluminium backing sheet) to be wall hung for the display at Chelsea, the images will, according to gallery owner, Sue Thompson, ‘show how art can be an integral part of the structure of a garden.’

A Canon user from image capture to printed output, Hall shoots his images on a Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III and uses a panoramic technique to capture a multitude of shots that go into the one final image, which he later weaves together in his digital darkroom. The sheer scale of his work makes it ideal for wide format printing and, for Hall, the high-end Canon imagePROGRAF devices are the printers that showcase his images to best effect.

Hall comments: “By integrating my images into the concept garden, I’m hoping to challenge convention and stimulate a debate around the placement of art outdoors.  I also want to show how it can brighten up difficult outdoor spaces, including courtyard gardens, by adding depth, colour and a focal point to these areas.  The Canon imagePROGRAF iPF9100 has been the ideal device to print my images at the scale required to achieve the greatest impact.  The print quality is superb and every detail is reproduced with exceptional precision.  Canon’s colour reproduction is also spot on every time - the 12 colour LUCIA pigment ink system gives me a huge colour gamut and the extra red, green and blue inks increase the outer spectrum, giving me something as close to a lab process as I think inkjet can produce.”

Gill Mussell, LFP Product Manager, Canon UK, says: “The 60 inch wide Canon imagePROGRAF iPF9100 is the flagship of our fine art and photography large format printer range and has been designed to produce the finest results for such applications.  We’re delighted that David Anthony Hall chose to have his work printed on the iPF9100 as the resulting prints are a wonderful endorsement of the productive capabilities of the device and a clear demonstration of just how good its print quality, accuracy and colour reproduction are.”

The imagePROGRAF iPF9100 supports Canon’s "Kyuanos" colour management technology for Windows to deliver output colour suitable for different viewing conditions such as fluorescent lights, incandescent lights, or sunlight.  It also uses Canon’s proprietary FINE (Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) print-head technology and dual print head design, featuring a total of 30,720 nozzles (2,560 nozzles per colour).  The print heads help the imagePROGRAF achieve a maximum resolution of 2400 x 1200 dpi, while delivering a uniform, superfine, four picolitre droplet size at speed - the iPF9100 can print A0 in draft mode in just over 2 minutes.    High capacity ink tanks (700ml) can also be replaced whilst printing for consistent, deadline beating performance.

At the end of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, David Anthony Hall will donate all the proceeds from the sale of Bluebells Woods, a focal work in the garden, to the Children’s Acute Transport Service (CATS), a London based ambulance service for critically ill children.

STOP PRESS! The first artist’s proof of ‘Bluebells Woods’, the image mentioned in the press release, has already been sold for the full asking price of £10,000, with all the proceeds going to the Children’s Acute Transport Service (CATS), a London based ambulance service for critically ill children.