If you happen to be in the Alps from 14 July to 30 September 2016, Hauser & Wirth presents an exhibition of outdoor sculptures by Alexander Calder.

Calder made these sculptures on a monumental scale, it is therefore quite fitting that they be exhibited in Gstaad’s stunning mountainous surroundings. We particularly love the angular grey beasts for their strong shadows and industrial feel.

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Jon Etter, © 2016 Calder Foundation

Photographs by Jon Etter, © 2016 Calder Foundation

There are so many reasons for us to long for a trip to Japan, not least because of their wonderful ancient art of garden design.

Hoshinoya Karuizawa is a stunning hotel located in Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan.

The landscaped water gardens were designed by Hiroki Hasegawa. There is a natural hot spring at the heart of the hotel which sits in a valley at the foot of Mt. Asama. There are beautiful ancient trees, a river, small connecting bridges and winding scenic paths. The needs of the hotel and the existing natural environment are considered beautifully in the design, which is a triumph of serenity and meandering exploration.

What a wonderful place to rest ones head, cleanse the soul and inspire the mind.

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Eric Cahan is a contemporary New York artist, he makes wonderful polyester resin sculptures that are three-dimensional interpretations of his photographs of skies “My work is meant to capture a moment in nature, asking and empowering the viewer to be fully present, involved, and uplifted. I want the viewer to be drawn in, and be completely absorbed by, rather than separate from, that fleeting moment in time.”

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For this Kew garden, which overlooks the River Thames, we designed some lovely powder coated steel planters in dove grey, which work on two levels. These were filled with large Buxus balls and grasses.

The bins are now contained in a bespoke bin store, the front bed was planted with new green and purple planting and the window boxes with smart clipped Buxus balls.

 

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This period property which is based in the Primrose Hill conservation area, was built in the mid 1800’s. Part of Chalcot Square, it had a long, overgrown and rather dense garden.

The build was completed in the summer of 2014, the original London yellow brick garden walls were freed from a heavy blanket of dark Ivy. Smooth modern cut sandstone paving adds a level of refinement to the patio area around the house and a lower level parterre is paved with coarse red brick and ornate edging. At night the garden is lit, offering views which extend the feeling of space from the house.

The planting consists of gravel beds with relaxed perennials in shades of pink, blue and white. These are set off by edges of formal clipped box, which add formality and balance the design. Climbers were chosen to creep over the walls and will give off heady scents all year round.

The new terrace is designed for entertaining and the seating area offers a place to relax and look out towards the garden. Beautiful large jars and sculptures decorate the garden and draw the eye through it.

Primrose Hill garden

Primrose Hill garden

Beautiful Astrantia and  Stipa Tenuissima grass, planted in gravel. Primrose Hill garden

Beautiful Astrantia and Stipa Tenuissima grass, planted in gravel.
Primrose Hill garden

Primrose Hill garden

Primrose Hill garden

Primrose Hill garden

Primrose Hill garden

Primrose Hill garden

Primrose Hill garden

Primrose Hill garden

Primrose Hill garden

Astrantia and  Stipa Tenuissima. Primrose Hill garden

Astrantia and Stipa Tenuissima. Primrose Hill garden

Colours

Colours

Sculpture can be so important in an outdoor space; it creates focus, intensifies the sense of place and relates to the vegetation, light and the seasonality of a garden.

We also love it when sculptures are used as physical punctuation; at the end of a long view, they become a full stop, or a comma as they lead onto another space or another sculpture.

We love the work of Charlotte Mayer, a Goldsmiths graduate. One of her pieces ‘The Thornflower’ commemorates the death of her grandmother in Treblinka at the hands of the Nazis, but at the same time represents the hope of reconciliation. Her work has wonderful movement and would enchant and enhance the right space.

More information on Charlotte can be found on The Garden Gallery’s website, amongst many other talented artists.

The Thornflower

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