Thursday, 2 August 2007

Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden

The other day we visited the Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden which we had been recommended to go to by Anne-Marie. The Sculpture Garden is set in 10 acres of a wooded valley landscaped and designed by Hannah's husband Anthony Paul who is originally from New Zealand and the planting and feel of the garden has a real feel of the best of New Zealand with architectural planting and mossy paths leading to the clearings where the sculptures are sited.

The sculptures on our visit comprised a huge range of media - glass, stone, ceramic, wood, clear resin, bronze, steel - styles, and prices. Some of my favourites were Peter Randall-Page with his monumental and simple carved stone sculptures (above).

Neil Wilkin's glass 'explosions' or flowers busting out of the lake. Christopher Marvell's strong naive bronzes of birds, fish and people.

and Yasemen Hussein's beautiful bronze 'hair pieces'

The garden wasn't at all busy when we went and is a lovely relaxing place to be, sit and relax on Anthony Paul's and others sculpted wooden benches.

Hannah Peschar's Sculpture Garden is in Surrey near the village of Ockley between Horsham and Dorking. It's signage is somewhat discrete so make sure you print out the map from the website - we didn't and got a little lost. It is open Friday Saturday and Sunday during the summer.

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