14th May - 16th October 2016
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens continues to develop exciting new sculptures for Art in the Garden's 17th year. Amidst a range of high quality sculptures suitable for every size of garden, this year we also have some stimulating new conceptual pieces which will intrigue and engage.
'Moon in a box' by Gemma Hughes explores the interplay of light and surface. Gemma has conjured the moon in an enclosed space in an open landscape, which invites the viewer to explore the illusion and how it is achieved.
Andrew Lee makes a welcome return to Art in the Garden with a new wind sculpture set in our beautiful pond. 'Shoal' seems to hover over the surface of the water and captures all the eddies and vortices of the wind, making the invisible, visible. The sculpture echoes the sinuous shared movement of a shoal of fish creating a mesmerising impression upon the viewer.
Jenny Pickford's impressive giant 'Allium' standing at 3.5 metres tall has undeniable presence and the dusty grey of the forged steel emerges naturally from the grey slate of our scree beds in front of Jermyn's House. Strength and fragility come together in the combination of glass and steel.
This year we are also excited to welcome the well known stone balancing artist Adrian Gray. The seeming impossibility of the stone's balance in 'Revealed in Time' prompts us to question how this is achieved and emphasises the implicit beauty of the stone. A clip of the balancing of the stones is available on vimeo at https://vimeo.com/164383043
Curator, Jo Field, carefully chooses the locations for the sculptures throughout the Gardens, she explains further "siting over 100 sculptures by 47 artists is a real challenge so it is very satisfying when you find a setting which brings the sculpture and the landscape together. Jenny Pickford's large scale sculptures really look at home outside Jermyn's House creating an impressive sight. We have also introduced pieces that create a dialogue with the viewer prompting curiosity about how the sculpture works."
Art in the Garden continues to extend its range and diversity with pieces suitable for a small domestic garden to large scale and conceptual pieces suitable for large, landscape gardens.