|Commissioning - Garden sculpture - Contemporary sculpture|
The artists at The Garden Gallery welcome opportunities to make commissioned work. Whether for public places, homes, offices or yachts requiring site-specific sculpture, or private gardens with space to accommodate larger pieces, commissioning a sculpture, a fine pot or a bench, perhaps with an inscription, allows for the creation of a unique work.
Having identified an artist you would like to commission, through visiting The Garden Gallery or browsing the website, the kind of piece required and an idea of budget can be established in discussion. You will then be put in touch with the artist who will want to see the proposed location for further talks and assessment. You may also want to visit the artist's studio. Once costs and timescale have been agreed the artist will produce a maquette (model) and/or drawings for comment. When everyone is satisfied the creation of the final piece can begin. This can take several weeks or months, or even a year or two, depending on what is involved. Payment is generally made in instalments, beginning with a deposit to secure the commission and pay for materials. Most people enjoy the commissioning process and want to feel closely involved by going to the artist's studio at some point, and in the case of bronzes visiting the foundry. Clients and artists can develop lasting friendships and the day the finished sculpture is installed is frequently one for celebration by all involved.
Below are some examples of recent pieces commissioned through The Garden Gallery, all for private gardens. Please contact the Gallery if you would like to discuss commissioning something special for your garden, home or office.
Aqua Crescent by Colin Reid MRBS (kiln-cast glass)
Ring of Fire by Colin Reid MRBS (kiln-cast glass)
Winter by Richard Jackson MRBS & Sally Fawkes MRBS (a single cast of grey/blue and clear glass, 180 x 90 cms)
Gate by Alex Relph (steel)
Bench by Alex Relph (steel, timber seat)
Japanese Cranes by Jim Milborrow (stainless steel)
The River by Johannes von Stumm FRBS (bronze, glass, granite, Portland stone, stainless steel)
Silent Echo by Elizabeth Postma (Carrara marble)
Void by Elizabeth Postma (Carrara marble)
Autumn by Charlotte Mayer FRBS (bronze)
Memorial Bench by Roger Stephens (Portland stone)
Inscribed oak and slate bench by Martin Cook