I caught a bit of stick about the rusty found art I shared earlier this week, so I thought I’d go to the other extreme: a verdigris bronze sphere I’ve seen and admired at shows and exhibitions that is embellished with gold leaf. As it says on the artist David Harber’s website:
…the gold leaf constantly shimmers and glows, flooding the centre of the piece with light – soft and subtle light when the sky is overcast; bright and intense when the sun’s rays hit the piece.
This design, ‘The Mantle’, seems easy to place and I’d guess it’s more portable than some of the artist’s weightier spheres. Bronze petals welded together represent the Earth’s crust; the gold leaf, the Earth’s molten core. I’ve seen it displayed on a formal lawn and a terrace, but I prefer it in and around airy, drifting flowers like these.
It’s never easy to put your finger on just what it is that makes a piece of garden art attractive. It’s clear I’m open to a fairly wide range of ideas and materials.
If you’re interested in garden sculpture or want to narrow down your style, take a look at this UK site which lists many sculptors and has links to their sites. Have fun!