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Fade to Grey

Long Border
Fade to Grey, a design by Mark Malaczynski, symbolises the gradual loss of sensory perception over time.

The Long Border has been inspired by Mark’s personal experience of helping his mother as she ages. Over time, everyday life has become more challenging for Mark’s mother as she struggles with a decline in hearing, eyesight and her senses of smell and taste and touch.

The planting in the border moves from the boldest, most vibrant colours of the spectrum, through pastel shades into a mono-chromatic, grey-scale scheme to convey a powerful message about the ageing human condition.

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