We hope you enjoyed this year’s Sculpture Trail in the formal gardens.
Artists from Hertfordshire and surrounding areas were invited to submit pieces of work which reflected our changing experiences of both the informal and formal garden environment. Most of the pieces were for sale, and it offered a wonderful opportunity to choose a piece for your own garden or perhaps commission a new work. Contact details for the artists are below.
Interactive map of the Sculpture Trail
Gallery of Sculptures
Thank you to Sharon Struckman for her photographs in the Gallery
If you are interested in purchasing/commissioning a piece of work, please contact the artist directly.
Name: Hazel Godfrey
Description: Two willow towers
Size: 2.5 m x 60 cm, 2.17 m x 60 cm dia
Selling price: £450/£400 inc VAT
Web Site: www.facebook.com/hazelgodfreyart
Biography: Hazel is a practising willow artist and her work lies within the ‘crossover’ point of craft and art. She makes commissioned work for private and public settings, leads willow workshops and demonstrates at events. Hazel also grows her own willow on a plantation near her home and studio in North Hertfordshire. During the summer, Hazel will be holding a drop-in willow workshop for visitors.
Artist’s statement: Hazel writes “The work I make is firmly located in my exploration and experience of nature and our relationship with the land. I use an ancient but familiar weaving material to make sculptural work that often has a strong connection to the garden. The techniques I use are both traditional and contemporary and I enjoy that journey from the past to the present.”
Name: Paul Rowbottom
Title of work: Celtic Connection
Material: Purbeck stone and forged iron
Size: 80 cm x 15 cm x 1.25 m
Selling price: £8,000 inc VAT
Phone: 07946 189670
Biography: Paul trained as a sculptor at Leicester Polytechnic and Les Arts Decoratif, Strasbourg. He is active in creating tile panels for school and community settings, and has been involved in the restoration of the Odyssey cinema, St Albans. Paul’s stone carving and ceramics use traditional methods and attempt to create work which is both contemporary in feel yet reaches back to an ancient heritage. His work has been exhibited at the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens.
Artist’s Statement. This work of unadorned simplicity, combining limestone from the Jurassic coast and forged iron, takes the ancient symbol of eternity and suggests a paradoxical state of gravity ‘defying’ yet earth bound stone at the interface of the temporal world; anchored yet supported by forged iron. A boundless form in precarious equilibrium.
Name: Louise Bradfield
Title of work: Stag:
Material: Recycled horseshoes
Selling price: £4000, inc VAT
Phone: 0788 1103758
Biography: Louise is a self-taught metal sculptor based in Newmarket. She uses recycled horseshoes to create life-sized animal sculptures and bespoke furniture. The Stag is made up of over 250 horseshoes, with a mane made from cut and twisted horseshoes.
Name: African Creations
Material Recycled Oil Drums
Size: Small giraffe approx. 2.5 m high, large giraffe approx. 3.3m high.Selling price Large Giraffe £2,500 Small Giraffe: £1,200 inc VAT
Description: Two Horses
Material: Recycled Oil Drums
Selling price Large Horse £1,650 Small Horse £1,100 inc VAT
Web Site: www.africancreations.co.uk
Phone: 01242 604610
Artists Statement: Made from recycled oil drums. The artist makes a frame with galvanised wire and then welds each piece onto this frame. These sculptures are all unique and vary in size depending on the shape of neck and position of head. The artist has captured the grace and elegance of this beautiful animal perfectly. These pieces are delivered and secured in place.
Name: Friedel Buecking
Description: Three Duck forms
Material: Carved wood
Size: 1m x 85 x 80 cm
Selling price: £600/£600/£500 – or £1500 for all 3 pieces inc VAT
Phone: 0789 0008957
Biography: Friedel works mainly with the chain saw; and for some 30 years has made rocking pieces, sculpted furniture and carvings of animals, people and abstract shapes. His ‘playscapes’ and monumental outdoor sculptures in oak are found in many sites in and around London have been commissioned by community initiatives, schools and local authorities. Friedel works at Gabriel’s Wharf next to the Oxo Tower in London most weekends.
Name: Anne Curry MRBS
Title of work: Iris Germanica Flower Bud
Material: Bronze resin edition of 6 (bronze available)
Size: 165 x 75 x 150 cm (edition of 6)
Selling price: £9600 exc VAT
Title of work: La Promesse: Iris Foetida Seed Pod
Material : Bronze resin edition of 9 (bronze available)
Size 1.57 m x 1.25 m x 1.55 m
Email: email@example.com www.annecurry-sculpture.co.uk
Phone: 01799 550368
Biography: Anne Curry is a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. She started as a portrait sculptor and became fascinated by plant forms which, for her embody the power, relentless purpose and effortless elegance of life itself. For the past six years, she has sought to translate the forms of nature into large sculptures. First carved in polystyrene they are then cast in resin or bronze. They can be viewed by appointment in her own sculpture garden near Saffron Walden.
Name: Elizabeth Cahill
Title of work: Angelina
Material: Clay, steel on wooden base
Size: 80 x 60 x 1.27 m
Selling price: £400 exc VAT
Phone: 0788 4498948
Elizabeth’s work comes from a past and present state of anxiety where vocal language is not present and so a visual is created. She has a cathartic and tenacious working process that exposes the most fragile and vulnerable state of being in the form of anamorphic and bodily sculptures. Angelina is an elegant and intimate form poised upon a wooden pallet. The ceramic piece is inspired by the human form and its fragmented state of social and gender identity which reflect society and contemporary discourse.
Name: Elspeth Bland-Dear
Title of work: Transition
Material: Mild steel
Size: 2m x 2m x 2m h
Selling price: POA
Contact details: via Ben.firstname.lastname@example.org
Biography: Elspeth is an Upper Sixth form student at St Christopher School in Letchworth Garden City. She is planning to go to Art College in New York in September and then to pursue a career as an Artist. This is her first public exhibition.
Artists Statement: Elspeth writes: “My sculpture was created for the Bee Garden at school. Inspiration came from the juxtaposition of a large regimented fence, which cut through the organic natural shapes of trees and grass around the space. The central panel of the sculpture represents the flowing mass of natural shapes within the trees, in direct contrast with the straight metal bars flowing downwards. These ‘legs’ represent both the way that man cuts into natural forms, but also the more organic way that sunlight pours through the gaps in trees in a similarly linear and plunging way. The scale of the piece works well to act as a landmark to help the bees find their way back to the adjacent hives. Its open form allows nature to prosper, as bees can fly freely through the sculpture and plants can be seen, as well as grow around and up it. The piece is constructed from MIG welded mild steel, designed to rust naturally and thereby mature gradually in harmony with its surroundings. This is in sympathy with nature, and the way living things never stay the same.”
Name: Dawn Dominic
Title of work: Greeters
Material: Steel rod
Size: 180 cm
Selling price: £1000 exc VAT
Phone: 07867 906192
Biography: Dawn’s primary inspiration centres on physical, emotional and perceptional changes in women over time, utilising insights gained from a customer focussed career, and an ongoing transitional journey. Dawn fashions a wide range of natural, man-made and recycled materials into new artwork. She is a member of HVA, APC and ESA and shows/demonstrates at local exhibitions.
Name: Peter Lardi
Title of work: Fertility
Material: Cedar and dichroic glass
Size: 2 m x 35 cm
Selling price: £485 exc VAT
Phone: 01442 213847
Biography: Following a career in civil engineering, Peter enrolled at UH for a BA Fine Art course graduating in 2004 Since then he has had commission to produce sculptural work by several major local organisations including Hatfield Sports Village and Saracens Rugby Club HQ.
Artists Statement: Peter’s work relates primarily to using discarded material from construction sources such as sawmills. These provide a rich variety of material with hidden characteristics which are exposed by deconstruction and reconstruction. He tries to achieve minimal intervention and simplicity with this transformation. The work then emerging displays unique and natural 3D forms.
The work focuses on fertility. It incorporates a stylized image of a flower pistil, the feminine part of a flower, central to plant reproduction. The femininity is further emphasized by the sensuous curving form of the cedar panel. The work is most suitable for locating in a conservatory or garden room.
Name: Dennis Heath & Dave Flemons
Description: Table and chairs
Material: carved wood POA
Phone 07900 240562
Biography: Dennis was a forester and his passion for wildlife and conservation inspired me to take up carving with the chainsaw for a hobby some years ago. He became a fellow of Digswell Arts Trust and developed a liking for the quickness of the art and the rustic finish. He inspired by nature and history.
Dave Flemons retired from Hertfordshire Police and went into tree surgery, and joined Dennis in late 2008.They are based in Knebworth Park.