Charleston House- Where the Bloomsbury Group applied all their sense of humour, spontaneity and creativity to the inside of a humble English Cottage. The interior brims with painted baths and wardrobes, tables, chairs and fireplaces. The garden is equally quirky and fascinating having been kept in the spirit of the owners with many original sculptures still in place.
To my mind there are five golden principles for garden design.1) Making a garden serve the functional needs of the person2) Having good structural bones3) Proportionally well balanced4) Interest throughout the seasons5) An adventure in colour and toneThe following photos I took on my trip to Australia. Notice how the background colour is just as important as the focal colour (You can imagine swapping it for another colour and notice how that would change the whole composition)
I am not always a fan of sculpture in a garden. Nature is so beautiful and intricate it is a relief not to see the marks of human endeavour in the frame. However I think garden Sculpture works when it takes us deeper into the landscape or a garden and makes us see nature with fresh eyes. Maybe in contrast or as a compliment or as a way to humble our position in the world. I like the prostrate marble figure at Parham House in West Sussex so different from classical sculptures where the hero has triumphed, or the death mask, also [...]
Anyone for chicken? A friend's dinning table.
Maybe you will never look at scaffolding in the same light after seeing this? This art installation, purpose built and covered by hand with sheets of gold leaf, rests in the Church of Angiers Castle, in the Loire Valley. Scaffolding often has its own pure, physical beauty of line and weight and this golden sculpture can be interpreted in so many ways - it is both very delicate and yet robust- like a living thing.
If you could have any sculpture you could imagine what would it be? What material? Which place in your garden would it rest? How would it reflex the 'spirit' of your garden? How might it symbolize your values?
I took these photos in Terra Botanica, Europe's biggest botanical theme park! We have all looked at rusty buckets and shears but in this stroke of creativity they are transformed into gates, doors, 3-D installations and celebrations of the tools we use and love every day in the garden.
Silhouette art in the garden of a large manor house, Loire Valley