Saturday, 26 September 2009

Warwickshire Topiary

I have been in Warwickshire looking at topiary gardens in order to organise a weekend tour for the European Boxwood and Topiary Society in May 2010. Above Packwood House, a National Trust property famous for its yew trees. Below Barcelo Billesley Manor Hotel has a garden enclosed by walls of yew. Inside these weird and wonderful shapes. More on

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Marston House Sculpture Garden

I visited the magical sculpture garden in the grounds of Marston House near Frome in Somerset which will be open until October 4th as part of Somerset Arts Weeks. In the grounds, the stables, old bread ovens and other outbuildngs of the old aristocratic mansion , now the offices of a quarrying company, four artists have arranged sculptures and installations The heads are by Barry Cooper and are inspired by Cycladic sculptures - each summer Barry works on the Greek island of Paros. The bench is by Anthony Rogers.

Friday, 18 September 2009

Urchfont Manor Sculpture Exhibition Wiltshire

I visited the biennial sculpture exhibition at Urchfont Manor in Wiltshire and these were my two favourites. Dancing Pig by Jon Barret-Danes and Harmony by Michael Speller.
The show finishes on Sunday.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Bradford on Avon Festival

I went to Bradford On Avon to place a Harlequin and a Kettleheaded Man in the group sculpture show to take place this weekend as part of the Bradford on Avon Festival in Wiltshire. The venue is the large garden of elegant Wellclose House in Belcombe Road. There will be a great diversity of sculptures. On Friday evening as dusk falls, there will be illumination.

Friday, 11 September 2009

Chiswick Business Park

Last week my harlequins and I attended a Recycling Event in Chiswick Business Park in west London. Usually that means some landscaping but there really is a park at the centre of this one and you have no idea of it from the street. There is a waterfall and a lake. The whole complex is run along lines that are as green as one can possibly make it. Intelligent louvres overhang the buildings and control the heat of the buildings. The water for the lake and the plants is saved from the roofs.