Paradise Lost?

For Spaces Scarabeus created Paradise Lost?, an aerial performance on the Archway Tower. In 1860 Victoria and Paradise Nurseries were located on the site of the tower where Benjamin Samuel Williams, a famous botanist and orchidologist, cultivated rare plants and published his populist orchid manuals. Completed in 1974 the tower is infamous for its difficult social history and its dominating physical presence. Drawing on these histories and the contemporary life of a local florist, Paradise Lost? considered love, loss and hope against the epic backdrop. A collage of light, flowers, sound and flight on the vast concrete elevations brought crowds together to fill the pavements below the local landmark.