The Green Cathedral
In what seems the opposite of the “primitive cathedral” land art project in Almere, Holland, the nave of York Minster has been sown with 1,500 square meters of grass lawn. Where the former recreated Reims Cathedral in a nature reserve, translating the landmark structure’s stone columns into tall Italian poplars, the latter has been seemingly invaded by a wave of greenery.
Constructed in the 14th century and famous for its expansive medieval stained glass, York Minster functions as the second-highest office of the Church of England, making it a top venue for state proceedings and events. The purpose for the so-called “living carpet” is the York Minster Rose Dinner, to be held Friday night on the royally frivolous occasion of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Over 900 guests are expected to wine and dine on the lawn, which, does, in fact, require maintenance (see the lawnmower). The “carpet” was grown in recycled felt then installed in successive layers, a technique that has been used at similar events, as Sky News points out, to lawn Trafalgar Square and create grass furniture for the National Trust.