Tout Quarry produced stone commercially from around 1750 until the 1930’s. The disused quarry was ‘reincarnated’ in 1983 as a sculpture park using mainly local materials. It established a regular programme of artist residencies (the first was Anthony Gormley) together with stone carving and sculpture courses.
The site covers 40 acres and more than 70 exhibits (some complete, others work in progress) are integrated into the natural environment.
Tout Quarry is also a nature reserve attracting an extensive range of wild flowers, plants, moths and butterflies.
See also https://lagill6.wordpress.com/2016/03/21/the-girl-and-the-daffodil/
This photograph is a detail of a Zimbabwean sculpture. The piece has been in my possession for many years and ,unfortunately, I don’t have the name of the sculptor.
Further photos from the Guernsey sculpture park:
‘Mischief’ – David Goode
‘The Golden Apple’ – Alan Biggs
‘Silence’ – Martin Debenham
‘A Summer’s Day’ – Christa Hunter
‘Pastoral Dance’ – Aragorn Dick-Read
[A fireball, designed to be shown with
flames leaping through the gaps]
More details are available from the ArtParkS site.
The ArtParkS Sculpture Park is located in the grounds of the historic Sausmarez Manor on the island of Guernsey in the Channel Isles. A sculpture trail winds through the subtropical gardens and the sculptures, placed in natural settings, are easily accessible from the path. Each year around 125 pieces by international artists are displayed.
A tour of the exhibition is a wonderful experience and a photographer’s dream! I have selected just a few examples to convey something of the flavour and diversity of the work on show. In a few instances I have substituted a plain background to give clarity to the design when presented as a two dimensional picture.
Each photo is accompanied by the title of the work and the name of the artist. All of the artists have websites, but the ArtParkS website is very helpful and comprehensive. ArtParkS site here
‘Rosie’ – Andrew MacCallum
‘Ronin’ – Jason Le Noury
‘Convergence’ – Peter Newsome
‘Free Spirit III’ – Lynda Hukins
‘Times Cycle’ – Christine Fox
The pictures taken in the Hepworth Garden were of complete sculptures. But it was Hepworth’s wish that the viewer should get close to the work, walk around it, approach it from different angles, explore the textures and contours within contours. Recall her words: ‘Everything I make is to touch.’
The images below are details from larger sculptures. They explore texture, colour and line. Indeed, several of these pictures create superb, free-standing abstract compositions in their own right.
Continuing from two days ago, below I am offering a further selection from the Hepworth Garden. I would stress that these two selections provide only a taster of a very special experience.
Two Forms (Divided Circle)
Torso II (Torcello)
Stone Sculpture (Fugue II)
Square Forms (Two Sequencies)
Hollow Form with Inner Form
See also Around the Barbara Hepworth Garden and The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Garden