Stile and Gate by Frank Triggs

Style at Broomhill Sculpture Garden

At first or even second sight, you might not see anything odd about the stile at Broomhill Sculpture Garden.

Stile steps

Positioned at the edge of a field, near a path, where we’d expect a gate to be but freestanding, rather than bounded by a fence or wall, it’s easier go around than over or through. Wear on the tread suggests it is being used.

Stile with decorative finials by Frank Triggs

Three curved uprights have carved heads as finials, all facing skywards.

Bird finial

Gate latch

The ironwork is traditional and functional, but with a twist for those who are paying attention.

Stile and Gate by Frank Triggs
Stile and Gate, in painted oak, by Frank Triggs

Curved bars on the gate underline that this is decidedly a one-off. A pity though. I’d be happy to see lots of versions on country walks.


Sculptor Frank Triggs is willing to consider interesting commissions via his website,

Stile and Gate was one of many quirky artworks by established and emerging artists at Broomhill Estate Sculpture Gardens in Devon, England.

Inspired by SquareOdds and shared for the Photographing Public Art challenge. 

36 Replies to “Stile and Gate by Frank Triggs”

  1. I am reminded of the prank in which people pretend to be looking up at something in the sky, knowing well there’s nothing in particular to see, and a crowd gathers around, all looking up — at nothing. This seems to me an extension of that. It strikes me as a prank enjoying itself immensely. I think that worn tread shows how many entered into the spirit of it. I’d love to happen upon this in a field.

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