Contemporary sculpture in an historic setting. On entering the sculpture garden visitors are welcomed by a mixed array of trees and shrubs for all seasons, many framed with an evergreen backdrop of common laurel. These shrubs form a major structural element within the gardens, forming archways and external rooms where discreetly hidden sculptures can be found.
Following the bark and mown pathways around the sculpture garden, you pass many different species of trees, many of them planted when the site was cleared of brambles and weeds in 1995; these, along with additional seasonal exhibitions of contemporary sculpture, make the perfect surroundings for a relaxing stroll.
Annual exhibitions of sculptures run from April to October along with permanent pieces, which can be viewed all the year round, including the grass maze designed by Peter Randall Page which gives fun to both young and old.
2017 Sculpture Exhibition
Naturally Sculpture is an adventurous exploration of natural materials and forms. Massive sculptures abound, including a life-size tank and a humongous Trojan Horse. These are complemented by wondrous kinetic wind sculptures that depict the flight of birds and movement of fish. Various floral tributes bloom, including a swathe of waist-high snowdrops and a triffid-like allium. Fauna emerges in the guise of a groovy mole, giant spider’s web, oversize crab claw and a surprisingly elephantine sculpture.
The show explores a range of biological characteristics and aesthetics through natural materials; some like wood and willow are expected, but the incorporation of coal dust intrigues. Natural forms also result from man-made materials including electrical cables, iron, stainless steel, highly reflective plastics and even fake grass!