The Thornflower by Charlotte Mayer FRSS at Coventry Cathedral
Charlotte Mayer's sculpture for peace and reconciliation is now in Coventry Cathedral, which has an active Reconciliation Ministry. This beautiful Cathedral, designed by Basil Spence, is a treasure trove of works of art by Epstein, Piper, Sutherland, Frink, Clarke, Coper and others. The Remembrance season has seen a performance of Britten's War Requiem, commissioned for the opening of the Cathedral in 1962. The building stands alongside the ruin of the old Cathedral, destroyed by bombs in 1940.
To read more about The Thornflower visit Charlotte Mayer's page under 'The Artists'. Click on the link for images.
Charlotte Mayer FRSS - The Thornflower (bronze, stainless steel)
The Garden Gallery at Architectural Plants
The Garden Gallery exhibited contemporary sculpture for gardens at Architectural Plants, near Pulborough in Sussex last summer. A number of the gallery's regular artists showed sculpture in stone, bronze, steel, glass and ceramic. Those taking part were Mark Beattie MRSS, Nadine Collinson, Sioban Coppinger FRSS, Sally Fawkes MRSS, Lucianne Lassalle, Eric Marland, Charlotte Mayer FRSS, Jason Mulligan MRSS, Rosie Musgrave MRSS, Ben Russell, Tracey Sheppard FGE, Will Spankie, Roger Stephens MRSS, Guy Stevens MRSS, Mark Stonestreet, Sarah Walton and Neil Wilkin.
The Garden Gallery is delighted to be collaborating with Architectural Plants, which is a highly regarded centre of excellence, supplying superb plants from an impressive site.
Please contact Rachel Bebb at The Garden Gallery or Guy Watts at Architectural Plants for more information.
The Garden Gallery at Salisbury Museum
The Garden Gallery is helping Salisbury Museum with sculptures for 'The Wessex Plinth', a space in the Museum's forecourt opposite the Cathedral. Currently showing is Almuth Tebbenhoff FRSS with her large marble sculpture Anello Flow (click on Galleries/Abstract Sculpture in Stone for an image and dimensions). Almuth was preceded by Goliath, a monumental sculpture by Johannes von Stumm FRSS. Almost 280 cms tall, Goliath is made from Cornish granite, stainless steel and glass. This sculpture is now at Architectural Plants near Pulborough in Sussex.
The marble model for Anello Flow, Anellino Flow, is for sale at the gallery. Click on Galleries/Abstract Sculptures in Stone for an image.
The Garden Gallery at The Grange Festival 2017
The gallery exhibited sculpture by Charlotte Mayer FRBS, Peter Randall-Page FRBS, Jon Buck FRBS, Shelley Robzen MRBS, Sally Fawkes MRBS & Richard Jackson MRBS, and Salvatore Anselmo at The Grange Festival last summer. See also 'Exhibitions'.
The grounds at The Grange, near Winchester, have been returned to their Arcadian glory by eminent landscape architect, Kim Wilkie. To read more about this stunning Festival of opera, click the link below.
Now at HSBC Bank, Solent Business Park, Fareham - Soar
by Rebecca Newnham MRBS (glass aggregate). For the clients, Soar
considers a swan taking off from water and the symmetry of its wings in reflection. This sculpture has a strong relationship with the surrounding wetlands of Forum One as Bens Lake and New lake are close to the building as well as the rather more obvious proximity of the River Solent.’
Photo: David Bird.
Echoes in the Memory
This was a stunning exhibit in Echoes in the Memory
in 2014. Thanks to the generosity of Peter and Carole Wilcock from Winchester who visit the gallery regularly Blown Away
is now in the Boyes Garden at the National Memorial Arboretum's new Remembrance Centre in Staffordshire. Click on the link on the right for more information.
Sioban says of the sculpture, Blown Away
is a study of a moment. The young man, his life fleeting as a gust of leaves, sees the whole world in a glance. ‘…Time present and time past are both perhaps present in time future…’. Inspired by T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets, this piece pays homage to so many brave people whose lives are altered by their time. The plinth fabricated in mild steel is reminiscent of hastily dispatched munitions… or a ship's funnel… left to rust. Its stripes of bronze reflect adopted strength.’
A poem by Ingrid Seifert, a violinist with London Baroque, inspired by Blown Away
Where will you be
what will you say
when war with
the wreath of honour weaves,
when wind while
are spent blows dry their tears,
when fear holds
hands with me
to frighten off the enemy
shines its light
on my companion’s longest night?
Where will you be
what will you say
when you remember
that hope and glory’s dying ember
was blown away?
Where will you be
what will you say?
Click below to watch a short video of Neil Wilkin making Hanging Spirals – available from The Garden Gallery
Much of the work shown at The Garden Gallery is equally suitable for interiors. The gallery is gradually offering more pieces for the home and office, and last year sold two bronzes by Charlotte Mayer FRBS to yacht designers for a luxury yacht. Click on ‘Galleries’ in the main menu for Contemporary Sculpture and Ceramics for Interiors.
by Charlotte Mayer FRBS, bronze, height 45cms.
Photo: Steve Russell
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Inspired by the Word takes place in Winchester Cathedral, Gilbert White's Garden, Selborne, Petersfield Physic Garden, Chawton House Library and the Red House Museum, Christchurch.
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