Bonnington House is a large Jacobean manor house near Edinburgh, with a 100-acre estate. The grounds include formal gardens, fields and woodlands, as well as Jupiter Artland, a sculpture park that is home to works by artists such as Nathan Coley, Charles Jencks, Anthony Gormley and Andy Goldsworthy.
The private gardens belonging to the owners and residents underwent a redesign – the old walled kitchen garden was to be completely remade with hard landscaping, flowers and decorative planting. The landscape included a collonade of pleached hornbean, as well as a central antique Moroccan fountain.
The landscape architect commissioned a large mosaic for the garden with a 'fire, air, earth and water' brief, which reflected the clients' interest in symbolism and art. The design included motifs including elements of a family crest, animals and human figures that were of deep personal significance to the client.
The mosaic was specified for an area measuring 8m2 surrounding the antique fountain.
The mosaic's lotus design incorporates four entrances to the paved area. These entrances have motifs for Fire, Water, Air and Earth, while the corners feature the personal motifs: an eagle on its nest, a lion in an oak tree and several peacocks.