Magical driftwood horses with flowing manes, towering Islamic stainless steel sculptures, shimmering silver birds and ceramic water bowls inspired by water lilies in Thailand are just a few of the delights to be seen at the Botanic Garden this Easter. Designs have been created in wood, stone, metalwork, ceramics, steel and stained glass.
“This exhibition enables visitors to see the uniqueness of the plant collections at the Botanic Garden in a different light, as a context for displaying sculpture inspired by the natural world” explains Curator, Nicholas Wray. “The garden provides the stimulus and setting to inspire students and provide a backdrop to their work in a range of educational artistic activities.”
Sculptors are selected on the basis of the range of mediums used to illustrate possibilities and inspire students who visit the botanic garden.
A major theme at the garden is the study of pollination. This is achieved in a highly creative manner by the installations of our willow weavers dotted around the garden. An additional way of capturing the garden’s surprises is through the camera lens. In particular, the Chinese Medicinal Herb Garden offers plenty of inspiration on even the dullest of days with its architectural plants, bamboo laing and moon gate.
This was a hugely popular event last year and promises to be even more inspirational this year.
Friday 29th March until Monday 1st April – 10:00 until 17:00
Free entry to Friends of the garden, University students and staff, and children under 16.