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Man grows food in car

Wednesday 25 September 2019, 20:22
By Matthew Franklin

Man grows food in car - an exhibition by Matthew Franklin

It’s a curious sight, when you come around the last bend on the long driveway of a Somerset country residence. A 9 foot high wooden sculpture of a man filling a Saab convertible with soil, and growing tomatoes, potatoes, courgettes and mint in it. It's part of an exhibition entitled ‘The Last Pieces of the World’, hosted by Corinna Leigh-Turner.

“The beginnings of a good meal. In fact, veg grows very well in cars with roofs too. It’s a great use of warmth and saves driving to shops to buy your potatoes and carrots!”

 - Matthew Franklin, creator

The exhibition is open to all, on Thursday 26th and Saturday 28th September, 1-5pm, at Knowle Rock, Shepton Montague, Wincanton, BA9 8JA. It's between Bruton and Wincanton, off the B3081.

The journey continues at the venue when visitors are treated to a story which leads them around wall mounted pieces in outbuildings, with titles such as ‘Tree Crying’ and ‘The Last Fish’.

The Jaguar Tree, by Matthew Franklin

Creator Matthew Franklin has also grown a Cedar tree through the roof of a Jaguar car in response to human-created climate change, driving into the centre of Bath.

The sculptor, who is no stranger to environmental art, was first noticed 20 yeas ago by the late Dame Anita Roddick, making a figurative piece from driftwood, called ‘Greenman’.

Find out more about Matthew's work at


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