Botanic Garden faces ‘interesting times’ this summer
Although there are still four months to go until this year’s Sculpture in the Garden exhibition (we’ve only just had the Crocus Sundays), these things take a lot of organising and plans are already being made to make our eleventh annual exhibition of modern sculpture the best yet.
The task of curating the 2012 exhibition has been given to Almuth Tebbenhoff, whose Flying Colours sculpture hangs in the foyer of the David Wilson Library. She has selected 19 sculptors to contribute to the event which will have the overall title ‘Interesting Times’* including such notable names in the art world as Nick Turvey, David Worthington, Sean Henry, Ann Christopher, Katherine Gili and Mary Bourne.
Among the sculptures we can expect are a floating man, a sinister garden shed and an enormous pie-chart. In an interview over on our Press Office website, Tebbenhoff states: “I’m using the botanical garden as it was designed to be used; as a laboratory for experiments. People enjoy the romantic aspect of a garden, but I want to balance that to show that nature can be cruel and unpredictable at the same time.”
The 2012 Sculpture in the Garden exhibition will run from 1 July to 28 October at the Harold Martin Botanic Garden over in Oadby, which is open seven days a week and free to visit except on special event days. More information about the exhibition, the artists and the artworks will be available nearer the time. Until then, why not remind yourself about last year’s exhibition?
*Presumably a reference to the spurious ‘Chinese proverb’ – or maybe she’s a Discworld fan.