Brodie Castle - The Playful Garden

An enchanting project with the National Trust for Scotland

Brief/Challenges: 

Paragon Creative were approached by National Trust for Scotland to realise a series of unique and ambitious interventions planned for the garden, and to come up with a few additional ones of our own. Having sketched out our original ideas for client discussion and approval, these were then developed into maquettes and detailed production drawings, manufactured in our production workshops, and finished by our scenic artists and sculptors.

Commission:

The Playful Garden is Brodie Castle’s brand-new fun and family-friendly garden area nestled within the castle grounds. The garden takes visitors down the rabbit hole (literally!) to meet some quirky characters and hear the stories that connect them to the castle and its long-time inhabitants, the Brodie Clan of Morayshire.

Central to the garden is Brodie the bunny, a 6.5 metre white rabbit reclined on a grassy hillside – the largest rabbit sculpture in Scotland! Brodie was inspired by a painting in the castle depicting its former Laird Ninian Brodie sat with the white rabbit from the 1950 film ‘Harvey’. Our other interventions in the Playful Garden include a miniature castle for kids to explore, a whisper dish activity, a daffodil-themed zoetrope installation, interactive laughing benches and a mirror totems display, and a toad that squirts water when revealed from behind a secret doorway. All items were produced at our workshops in York before beginning the 400-mile journey to north-east Scotland.

Paragon’s interventions at the Brodie Castle Playful Garden show off our talent for imagining and delivering truly unique and visually stunning artistic creations, developed through a fun and collaborative process between our team and the client.

Designed by: Paragon Creative Ltd

Our Client: Brodie Castle, National Trust for Scotland

Images subject to copyright Paragon Creative Ltd and National Trust for Scotland ©

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