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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Sculpture and the Garden

When a garden is most beautiful, it seems as if it has always existed,
yet nothing is more artificial.

You say, "A garden isn't artificial!"

Look around any city or suburb to see all the places where gardens (and art) don't exist. There may be space and plants but there's little thought, planning or care. It isn't a garden, it's a yard.
Plant trees in front of windows and then prune into lollypops. Does this count as topiary? As a garden?
Sculpture and the Garden is an ongoing dialog about how we create spaces.

Sculpture isn't just the art object we create.  It's in the artist's and collector's best interest to expand the definition of "Sculpture" to include how and where that object is placed and seen. Sculpture is about the relationships between the art, the viewer and the site.
In a yard of total expedience, one inspirational line of bluebells.
I'll be asking artists and you for your ideas and opinions.
Do you have a favorite sculpture that the siting makes even more special? Where the siting context reinforces the art's content to make a unique place. Let's talk....

3 comments:

Theresa Cheek said...

Not quite the same, but I have a friend that has a spectacular yard filled with manicured bushes. The sides and back yard form a maze where paths of pea gravel take you between the tall walls of foliage to find small , intimate fountains and sculpture. It is the bushes that draw me in. There is one section where four large rows come together forming a "hub" in the spokes of tall bushes. You can walk into the hub and look up to the sky through an ocular window pruned out of the top branches. I love the feel of being in such a private space,,,feeling childlike and small again inside the branches.

Chris Coen said...

Hi, Patrick. I'm a landscape designer, and for me, one of the most awesome uses of sculpture in the garden is Julie Moir Messervy's curvilinear stone walls in the Toronto Music Garden. They're not just walls (and what walls!), but they're also part of the musical composition the garden evokes.

Patrick Gracewood said...

Chris, Julie's work is amazing. She thinks and uses space and materials like a sculptor.
I'd love to see that garden in person.