Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is fast becoming my gardens of choice locally and this Art in the Garden feature this Summer is just smashing. The mixture of late Spring blooms, lush green colour palette of the gardens and interesting sculptures are a match made in heaven. I can't recommend enough that this is worth a visit.
With 100 sculptures on display from 47 artists both new graduates and established sculptors from across Britain you are sure to find something that appeals to your taste. Art in the Garden is a selling exhibition so gives an opportunity to buy a unique piece of art for your garden, or like me, just mooch about thinking that some sort of art in the garden could really be a good thing. It's something that I've been mulling over since reading Claudia's post on Kenny Scharf's garden over in Miami, art, sculpture, something creative that really makes a statement about who we are.
Anyhow, back to Art in the Garden. The pieces in this post were the ones that caught my eye on the day, though I'm sure there were pieces I missed completely on the way round. Kitty and Ozzy, age 7 & 6, loved it too and found it fascinating, with much discussion over what some sculptures were of. Once I introduced the concept that the beauty of art is that it can be about whatever you want it to be about they were off and away, imaginations firing on all cylinders!
Finally, this caught my eye, plastic milk bottles cut into bird shapes - it looks even more effective from a distance and I love the whole 'ahhhh so that's what they are made of!' moment of realization that hits you once you get closer...
Venue: Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
From: 10:00am Monday 01 Jun 2015
To: Saturday 16 May Sunday 18 October
Guided tours: Sunday 5th July & 2nd August at 2pm
Admission: Free with normal admission (Adults £9.50, Under 17's free)