A little Penwith gem was found by my partner Adam this last weekend when requested to find a suitable family afternoon outing last Sunday.
Woodlands are rare as it is in Penwith so to my amazement this Wild garden as it was advertised was really a lovely woodland with both chestnut, oak and beech.
My artist inspiration was lit however when enterning the area descrbed as the Wild garden and mostly made up by a large number of wild life ponds. Gorgeous wooden sculptures were scattered aournd the ponds and the banks around them. These were ingeniuoulsy placed to play games with the existing features such as trees, bushes and boulders.
Most of the sculputres were in chainsawed wood, but there were also metal and found objects aspects which added interest and variety.
The sculptures, I discovered were created by Tony Marr who with his lovely wife Kerry, started forming this beautiful, enchanted place approx 13 years ago. Tony who is a keen pond digger and wildlife encourganger can be seen posing by his newly dug ponds on photos diplayed as part of the Open Days this last weekend also supporting Charity.
I have always felt a fondness for sculpures gardens, which I very much experienced this one as, as they hold a magic and sense of discovery hard to accompling if these sculpures were to be exhibited in a gallery, surrounded by white walls.
The sculptures themselves did not only work with the piece of wood carved from and its already existing features in a very subtle and hinting way, but the placement of them was also very mych part of how the piece connected and added to the surrounding environment.
I got the feeling of stories being told as I made one discovery after another, wandering my merry way through the garden.
For opening times and more picture see Tangle Woods
In my practice I allow myself to Pause and experience my surroundings.