Stone, steel and rhododendrons: sculptures in the Botanic Garden

Posted by mjs76 at Jun 24, 2011 12:30 PM |
The University’s annual Sculpture in the Garden exhibition opens this weekend, celebrating ten years of presenting the best of modern sculpture in a magnificent floral setting.

'A Decade of Sculpture in the Garden' runs from Sunday 26 June 2011 to Sunday 30 October 2011 and features 78 pieces from 64 artists, some of which have been featured in previous years. Once again, the exhibition has been curated by Dr John Sydney Carter FRBS.

A wide variety of materials have been used to create the pieces on show including sandstone, granite, limestone, marble, stainless steel, cast iron, copper, bronze, zinc, elm, larch, oak, cement, acrylic, glass, fibreglass and plastic bags.

'The Family' Peter Carter
'The Family' Peter Carter

Among the artists with local connections exhibiting in the garden this year are Alison Barwick, who was artist in residence at Embrace Arts; Robert Fogell who studied in our School of Education; Leicester-born Ken Ford, who received an Honorary Degree from the University last year; Jeff Lowe, another Leicester-born artist; Austin J Orwin, who has been based locally for 11 years now; and John Sydney Carter himself.

'Flight' Helaine Blumenfeld
'Flight' Helaine Blumenfeld

Alison Barwick’s ‘Free View’, a 7.3m pyramid of Perspex, steel, acrylic and oil paint is the tallest sculpture in this year’s exhibition while the smallest pieces include Sheila Vollmer’s geometric zinc creation ‘Star Line 9 (Petrol)’, Jilly Sutton’s olive stone resin face ‘Blind Dreamer’ and James Sutton’s aurora rose marble sphere ‘Blastocyst’.

A Decade of Sculpture in the Garden will be officially opened tomorrow by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Robert Burgess, and will be open to the public from Sunday. You can watch a 90-second preview of the exhibition on Youtube and here we have an interview with the curator:

The Harold Martin Botanic Garden is in Oadby, near Leicester Race Course; the visitor entrance is on Glebe Road (LE2 2LD). The garden is open seven days a week, 10.00am to 4.00pm, and entry is free, except on special event days. The paths are suitable for wheelchairs and there are disabled toilets available.

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