Los Angeles, California-based, luxury ship operator Crystal Cruises has come up with a way to bring land to sea, or least vegetation with the installment of the world’s first self-contained, free-standing living wall at sea, created and crafted by UK-based ANS Group Europe on board the Crystal Symphony.
ANS Group Europe spent two days installing the living wall on the 922 passenger luxury liner while the ship sailed from Portland to Dover to complete its 11-night British Isle Brilliance voyage.
Designed for an al fresco area in the ship’s Deck 11 Trident Grill, the distinctive living wall uses a varied and diverse selection of indoor plants to display a world map. The living wall is 37.7 feet long and 7.9 feet high and will receive regular maintenance by Crystal Symphony’s onboard team of florists.
“In keeping with our ongoing focus on design, we wanted to create a focal point that was both highly contemporary and visually stunning,” says Alexandra Don, Crystal’s vice president, hotel design and services. “The end result is a living wall that brings the Trident Grill to life and serves as an eye-catching backdrop to the incomparable service and choices that always characterize a Crystal holiday.”
Joel Nash, marketing manager for ANS Group Europe added, “This bespoke project is an exciting and exhilarating scheme. Installing living walls on a cruise ship is taking us to a completely new level and opens up all sorts of possibilities. When you think this wall will be travelling as far north as Lapland and down to Cape Horn, it takes your breath away.”
A living wall is a vertical garden that is pre-planted in panels and then attached to the wall or facade of a building. Plants stay intact in their vertical positions because their root structures are anchored in two to four inches of soil kept within the panel.
The installation of the wall reflects another example of Crystal’s commitment to the environment and its educational efforts both onboard and on shore. A living wall acts as a bio filter, enhancing air quality by breaking down harmful airborne contaminants and transforming them into clean oxygen. By absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen, it reduces greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
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