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Burberry landscapes

Over 160 years ago, founder Thomas #burberry reimagined the possibilities of the great outdoors, equipping explorers to adventure through open spaces and embedding an affinity for the horizon in Burberry's DNA.

Continuing our connection to the natural world, #burberry Landscapes is a series of larger-than-life earth works crafted in collaboration with Burberry's creative community. Complementing global landscapes in original ways through natural materials, whilst demonstrating a continued commitment to pursuing sustainable practices. 

For the latest iteration, the series evokes stories of Burberry's past to inform the present. The tales of adventurer Elsie #burberry - founder Thomas Burberry's daughter-in-law - and pioneering aviator Betty Kirby-Green who embarked on journeys from Britain to the Canary Islands and South Africa respectively. 

Both of these countries were revisited to create artwork inspired by the iconic #burberry Check.

El Hierro, Canary Islands – Elsie Burberry

Inspired by adventurer Elsie Burberry’s voyages to the Canary Islands, the island of El Hierro’s volcanic ground acted as a natural canvas for the #burberry Check. Created using natural milk-based paint, Cuban- American contemporary artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada brought the #burberry Check colours to life.

‘One of the things I enjoy about using this paint process is that it’s created from minerals. So, as you’re mixing your colours, it’s like alchemy. You don’t really know what amount works in one moment or another moment, because each type is going to come with a certain density and coverage and another comes with a different one. All of it unfolds before you, so you can enjoy mixing in the moment.’
– Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada

This vast natural illustration was carefully washed away with manual turning, wind and local water sources to leave no lasting mark on the landscape. The full process was approved and monitored by El Hierro’s official Environmental Department.

Western Cape, South Africa – Betty Kirby-Green

The #burberry Check meadow lay in South Africa’s Overberg region, Western Cape and near to where record- breaking co-pilots Betty Kirby-Green and Flying Officer Arthur Clouston landed The #burberry plane into Cape Town. The vibrant display was hand-planted by expert local green teams to match the iconic colours of the #burberry Check. The meadow was nurtured and grown using water sourced from a rainfall catchment dam.

To ensure the pasture meadow was returned to its original state, the plants were turned over to break down naturally and compost back into the earth.

Together, these landscapes embody Burberry’s belief that creativity opens spaces. A body of work that celebrates Burberry’s heritage and encourages people to step outside and rethink the possibility of the world around them.

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