Student wins scholarship to explore art deco gardens
Press release issued: 17 September 2007
A Bristol University student has won a Travel Scholarship from internationally renowned architects, Robert Adam, to explore a greatly neglected area of twentieth-century garden history.
Paige Johnson, who is studying for an MA in Garden History, was awarded £1,500 as part of the scholarship programme. The scholarship is awarded annually to give students the opportunity to explore international architecture and urban design.
Paige's winning proposal 'Gatsby's Garden: In Search of the Art Deco Landscape' will provide an interesting insight into a relatively unknown period of garden history. Paige, who is from the United States, intends to investigate the history of the deco garden using archival sources and visiting the surviving remnants of 1920s gardens in the USA, England and Europe.
Her proposal will weave these historical findings into the famous story of the jazz age, 'The Great Gatsby', aiming to recreate the appearance of the garden in which Jay Gatsby held his lavish Long Island soirées.
Paige, said: “I am thrilled to have won this award, which I hope will help bring attention to a little known area in garden history.”