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'Art in the Garden' celebrates 15 years at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Ampfield, Romsey is marking its 15th year of Art in the Garden- an exhibition showcasing the work of artists from across the country in the world-famous Gardens.

This year, 47 artists including many based in Hampshire, have provided 100 sculptures which are displayed throughout the Gardens. The variety of sculptures create a stimulating and diverse exhibition, ranging from abstract to figurative pieces in many different materials, such as glass, metal, marble, stone, ceramics, acrylic and aluminium acetate. The exhibition runs until Sunday 19 October 2014.

Since 1977, Hampshire County Council has been the sole Trustee of the Gardens. Commenting, Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Roy Perry, said: "Art in the Garden has proven to be a popular attraction for visitors over the years. The artworks on display add something extra special, particularly at this time of year, when the Gardens spring back into life. This year's exhibition will be particularly impressive, alongside the refurbished and expanded Centenary Border, officially opened by Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall last summer, and which is testament to the dedication and attention to detail of staff and volunteers at the Gardens."

The inspiration that drives artists to create their sculptures for the Art in the Garden exhibition can be from a variety of sources, and the contrast of styles and technique offers visitors a fascinating range, from the heavy stone work of Frederic Chevarin to the feather-light sculpture of Andrew Lee where wind is the driving force of the sculpture.

Frederic Chevarin supplied marble sculptures for the London Square Garden - winning a gold award at this year's Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show. He said: "This is my life: my passion and my utter desire to show this fantastic discovery, showing how much I love stone, going to the limits of the material, wrestling with the fear of breaking, because it is worth the risk, leaving the comfort zone to lead an artistic experience to the edge."

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