Who Named the Lily?

Monster Chetwynd
18 May 2023

‘Who Named the Lily?’ celebrates and laments the complicated history of the Crystal Palace. Monster Chetwynd plays the ‘Fact Hungry Witch’, who explores the story of the Amazonian waterlily, and reveals its links to engineering. The artwork brings to light the politics of Paxton’s developments in industry and architecture, however, the protagonist of this story is the waterlily – a catalyst for ground-breaking technological advancement.

‘Who Named the Lily?’ accompanies Monster Chetwynd’s major public artwork at Gloucester Road station, Pond Life: Albertopolis and the Lily on view until May 2024.

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