Sculpture Gardens, Parks and Trails
One day, Barrell Sculpture plans to have our own Sculpture Gardens and we will invite everyone to visit. I envision a beautiful landscape punctuated with Ben’s Sculpture and Sculptural Seating, and a busy studio and workshop where visitors can see artists working through the creative process from first sketches, through clay modelling, right up to the point where the new works takes shape.
For now, we are lucky enough to work on a Cornish farm with views over the fields and down to Falmouth Bay, geese playing in the puddles, cows in the fields, and Head of Security Logan busy keeping the farm rodents away.
But as the Christmas and New Year holidays are getting closer, there may be days when are all the presents are done, and the relatives have gone, when people’s minds turn to getting out into the countryside. If you do, then there are lots of places all over the country where you can see beautiful sculpture.
Sculpture Gardens in Cornwall
Here in Cornwall, the most famous place is probably the Barbara Hepworth museum and sculpture garden, and we highly recommend a visit. Ben’s work has been compared to Barbara Hepworth which is high praise indeed. She too was inspired by the Cornish landscape. Ben was brought up amongst it, and his connection to the land and sea in this beautiful county is deeply embedded.
The little town of Redruth may not be the first place you think of for art, but it features the wonderful Tinners Hounds made by David Kemp from discarded miners’ boots. Redruth grew wealthy on mining in the past, and may do so again in the future, so this is a fitting tribute to that mining connection.
The wonderful Tremenhere Sculpture Gardens is closed for the winter season, but it’s still worth a trip up to the grounds as the Gallery remains open as does the café, and there is quite a lot of sculpture to be seen before going through the gates to the official garden. There are a set of Pendeen Pebble Seats outside the gallery. We call it ‘Conversation’. It’s a place for people to meet, to sit, to talk.
Sculpture parks around the country
There are many Sculpture gardens, parks and trails around the country. This list from Visit England is good place to start and a few merit an honourable mention
If you are within reach of the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, then the Forest of Dean sculpture trail is a brilliant way to spend a morning. It’s free of charge, and there is a handy café and plenty of parking.
Perhaps the best known of the big Sculpture parks is Yorkshire Sculpture Park which hhas an international reputation and showcases modern and contemporary sculptors. It is also free to enter so a great way to look at some fabulous art in a wonderful setting.
The East London Sculpture Trail
Many of the formal Sculpture Parks and Gardens are closed to the public in the Winter months but there is still lots of sculpture to be seen in public places. The East London Sculpture Trail, known as The Line is free to access and has included works by Anthony Gormley, Anish Kapoor and Damien Hirst amongst many others.
Wherever you go this Winter holiday, we hope you see some inspiring art, and we’ll let you know when we open our own Sculpture Gardens!