The reopening of the sculpture gardens during February half term, saw the arrival of several new additions to the garden; including a new area of Himalayan planting and artworks from prestigious artists; Tom Leaper and Richard Woods.
Richard Woods’ Holiday Home
A major new addition to the gardens for 2019 is Richard Woods’ Holiday Home. Originally exhibited at Frieze Sculpture 2018 in Regent’s Park, London, the work plays on the idea of sought-after locations and the booming marketing for second homes. You can now see it sited in the upper field.
The Viewing Watchtower
The sunken dale in the lower part of the garden is being transformed with our viewing watchtower, new sculpture and a Himalayan based planting scheme. The watchtower sits amongst the trees with 360 degrees views of St Michael’s Mount, Mount’s Bay and the sculpture gardens.
Tom Leaper’s Agent Orange
Also new to the sculpture gardens this season is Agent Orange by Tom Leaper. Born in Newlyn into a family of studio potters, Tom Leaper developed his own artistic style while working in the pottery before going on to study sculpture. He’s worked in Cornwall for the past 35 years and its culture and landscape imbues all that he creates.
Tom Leaper’s Lieutenant Silver
The second of Leaper’s work, Lieutenant Silver, is now on parade in the new woodland area at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens. Leaper’s practice is uplifting; he believes artwork can have a profound effect on people without being serious in tone or political in subject. He is drawn to organic shapes as they are more expressive in their simplicity than complicated, figurative designs.
The arrival of Spring as also brought the bloom of beautiful rhododendrons and our field of violets and the first signs of bluebells can be seen around David Nash’s Black Mound.