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Architect Tetsuo Kondo designed ‘A Path in the Forest’, a temporary installation that was found in the Kadriorg Park near Tallinn, Estonia. Kondo created a 95-meter (311-foot) walkway suspended among some of the park’s 300 year-old trees.

 

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Maybe its the hippy in me, or perhaps its my lifelong love of fluro but this to me is a perfect piece of land art (…can it be land art if its painted fluro??). Visible across the desert from Las Vegas, Nevada, and standing at a height of thirty to thirty five foot, are seven large scale totems built from balanced, painted, locally-sourced boulders.

Created by renowned Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone’s public artwork Seven Magic Mountains is an exhibition that will run for two years. This work sits actually and symbolically mid way between the natural and the artificial, between the mountains and the buzz of Las Vegas.

I only once planned to go to Las Vegas, with the crackpot idea that I would marry one of my best friends. Silly, of course, and thankfully we thought better of it in the cold light of day, however perhaps I could take the very same friend to visit this glorious work of art.

Or, perhaps there is a client brave enough, who would let me take this as inspiration for an stand out garden sculpture… come on client, show yourself!

Images from the Seven Magic Mountains website. These artworks were sponsored by The Nevada Museum of Art  and The Art Production Fund.

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I have been lucky enough to experience Rebecca Louise Law’s wonderful floral artworks at The Chelsea Flower show. She hangs flowers from copper wires on the ceiling of a tunnel making a suspended garden above visitors heads, they are simply enchanting all who walk under them.

Here are a few images of pieces from her website. They really are quite spectacular and I seriously covet the display glasses filled with masses of floral fodder.

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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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This metal and sand garden by London based artist Zadok Ben David, is made up of 12,000 cut steel flowers & plants. The botanical specimens make up a monochrome field, hence the title Blackfield. When you walk round the piece the flowers take on glorious painted technicolour.

Ben David has made some other wonderful installations including Sunny Moon and his wonderful human figure Leftovers, we love them for their potential use in an outdoor space.

Blackfield

Sunny Moon

Leftovers

Eric Cahan is a contemporary New York artist, he makes wonderful polyester resin sculptures 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.”

Elephantjournal.com 2011 | Eric Cahan.

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