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Garden Design using Sculpture

I am not always a fan of sculpture in a garden. Nature is so beautiful and intricate it is a relief not to see the marks of human endeavour in the frame.

However I think garden Sculpture works when it takes us deeper into the landscape or a garden and makes us see nature with fresh eyes. Maybe in contrast or as a compliment or as a way to humble our position in the world.

I like the prostrate marble figure at Parham House in West Sussex so different from classical sculptures where the hero has triumphed, or the death mask, also at Parham, with its reminder that the trees will last long after we are forgotten. And the shy woman wrought from cold hard stone but also soft and considerably more fragile than the bricks and branches and and plant life around her.

The floating Blue Circle turns ornamental grass into an ocean of movement and subtle colour and the cube of photos, taken from the Chelsea 2016 Flower Show, now residing at the Praire Gardens, makes us stop and think about nature and the images we take of it.

 

 

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Mad Hatter Garden Dinner Party

Anyone for chicken?

A friend's dinning table.

 

 

 

 

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Sacred Scaffolding

Maybe you will never look at scaffolding in the same light after seeing this?

This art installation, purpose built and covered by hand with sheets of gold leaf, rests in the Church of Angiers Castle, in the Loire Valley.

Scaffolding often has its own pure, physical beauty of line and weight and this golden sculpture can be interpreted in so many ways - it is both very delicate and yet robust- like a living thing.

 

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Human imagination in the garden

If you could have any sculpture you could imagine what would it be? What material? Which place in your garden would it rest?

How would it reflex the 'spirit' of your garden?

How might it symbolize your values?

 

 

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Garden Art - Terra Botanica

I took these photos in Terra Botanica, Europe's biggest botanical theme park!

We have all looked at rusty buckets and shears but in this stroke of creativity they are transformed into gates, doors, 3-D installations and celebrations of the tools we use and love every day in the garden.

 

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