At first or even second sight, you might not see anything odd about the stile at Broomhill Sculpture Garden.
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.
Three curved uprights have carved heads as finials, all facing skywards.
The ironwork is traditional and functional, but with a twist for those who are paying attention.
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, woodforms.co.uk
Stile and Gate was one of many quirky artworks by established and emerging artists at Broomhill Estate Sculpture Gardens in Devon, England.