Through a partnership between West Dean College of Arts and Conservation and the Cass Sculpture Foundation, four sculptures by artist Eilís O'Connell have recently been installed in West Dean Gardens.
O'Connell hoards found objects such as discarded agricultural
tools and dairy vessels, which may eventually find their way into
her sculpture or become an inspiration for a form or texture. She
has exhibited widely since the early seventies and has established
her career largely through
public commissions with more than 20 major commissions to her credit.
Enjoy a stroll around the Spring Garden and you will see Stem, Conetwirl, Curve to Point and Squareball. All the sculptures are available to purchase through the Cass Sculpture Foundation. Please pick up an information leaflet from the West Dean Gardens Shop/Restaurant.
"It's been a rare old spring with bitingly cold winds, freezing temperatures and rain aplenty. We've been moaning about not being able to get onto garden beds to plant, so when the weather is fine for a couple of days, we are in like Flynn. I can report that potatoes, onions, shallots, garlic, parsley, lettuce and chard have been planted and we're just waiting for some warmer weather to sow parsnip, carrot and beetroot.." Read Gardens Supervisor, Sarah Wain's latest blog, to find out what to look out for on your next visit to West Dean Gardens.
During your visit to West Dean make sure you stop by the 'mushroom shed' to see the wonderful photo exhibition in the Kitchen Garden of before and after pictures. Created as part of our 25 years of glorious gardening celebrations in 2016 the exhibition includes images of the gardens in the early 1990s when our head gardeners Jim Buckland and Sarah Wain first started working at West Dean. It gives a fantastic insight in to the work involved and the transformation is astounding! Entry to the exhibition is all included in the Gardens entry price.
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