The Shell House

A walk along the main path in Tresco Abbey gardens takes us through an archway between trees and eventually up gentle steps, past the fountain, to a small garden house on the upper terrace.  This is the Shell House.  It takes its name from the interior murals which comprise imaginative pictures and patterns constructed with care and skill using shells found on the Isles of Scilly.  (See also my previous post, Tresco Abbey Gardens)



Filed under Art, Colour, Isles of Scilly, Nature, Pattern, photography, Texture, Uncategorized

8 responses to “The Shell House

  1. Beautiful! Both the artistry of the original murals and the way that you have managed to capture the colours and the iridescence of the shells.

  2. Thanks Noeline. The credit must be given to Lucy Dorrien-Smith, the wife of the Proprietor of Tresco, who created the murals as part of the restoration work following the great storm of 1987 which devastated large swathes of the gardens.

  3. I must agree wholeheartedly with Noeline!

  4. Gigi Galore

    beautiful photos Louis!

  5. The last shot seems to glow.

    • Because of its location the Shell House benefits from excellent natural light. It faces south west. there is no polution in the air, and the murals are protected by a canopy.

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