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Nature and sculpture

Over the bank holiday weekend I finally managed to organise myself to go and visit the A Decade of Sculpture in the Garden exhibition at the Harold Martin Botanic Garden. The garden is almost on my doorstep but I shamefully haven’t ever visited when the sculpture exhibition is on, and haven’t visited the actual garden in a non-work context for over 10 years *ashamed face*.

Creating and constructing sculptures is definitely not my forte so I can appreciate the skill and hard work invested in their creation. With 78 sculptures on show there is certainly plenty to look at. I didn’t manage to photograph as many of the pieces as I would have liked (and it was a shame that it wasn’t a nice sunny day to try and take some more dramatic images of the works). Three of the works that really caught my eye (amongst many others) were:

Tony Roberts Sentinal Laminated glass

Ian Meadows Small leaf Stainless steel

Peter M Clarke Organic forms Copper

I particularly liked the way the work by Meadows and Clarke interacted and reflected the environment they inhabited, whilst at the same time being very distinct from it.

The gardens are a fantastic setting for the exhibition, and looking around the plants and greenhouses reminded me of how nature has such a massive influence over visual arts. The cacti greenhouse is somewhere where I definitely want to revisit with my sketchbook to study the structure, shapes and colours of the plants in more detail:

I also particularly enjoyed exploring the tropical greenhouse where the leaves, flowers, and even lemons, growing are all super-sized!:

If you are around the area the garden and exhibition are definitely worth a visit (plus entry is free and, until the end of September, there is also a tea room open at weekends!). I definitely need to make regular visits – plenty of inspiration from plants and architecture to be gathered to feed into my work!

#TonyRoberts #Sculpture #HaroldMartin #BotanicGarden #UniversityofLeicester #Nature #Leicester #Inspiration #IanMeadows

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