On a cold March morning a beautiful three-metre sculpture is slowly, silently, carefully installed in the magnificent Dorset landscape of Sculpture by the Lakes. ‘Isis’ by internationally renowned artist, Simon Gudgeon joins the other extraordinary sculptures which seem perfectly at home in the 26 acres of Pallington Lakes, near Dorchester.
So my starting point for the garden at Sculpture by the Lakes will be the day we moved in – 18th December 2007 – a cold, grey morning. Approximately 250 plants – trees, shrubs, herbaceous – had been carefully dug up, wrapped and shifted from a warm and sheltered garden in Wiltshire to a chilly and decidedly windy spot alongside the River Frome in Dorset.
Iconic is a term reserved for few things in life. Making a significant mark on the cultural landscape must surely be a requirement for this status. A cultural icon is readily recognized and generally represents something with great cultural significance. It becomes ubiquitous and moulds into the consiousness.
Simon Gudgeon is making a significant mark. He, in association with the Halcyon Gallery, has had considerable influence on the London landscape with the unveiling of another of his magnificent pieces of sculpture in the open air and in plain view.
Monique continues her personal journey and reflections on the garden as it took shape at Sculpture by the Lakes.
Before we even exchanged contracts I had the camera out and started taking photos of what was there, measuring up and generally making plans. I had my list of what plants were coming with me and I knew what I wanted: (more…)
This time round, Monique Gudgeon presents her Garden Blog. Monique is a talented Garden Designer and the artistic,horticultural hand behind Simon’s outdoor sculptures. Here, she takes us through part of the seasonal journey that has made ‘Sculpture by the Lakes’ a beautiful place.
The trouble with beginning to write about something you’ve been deep into for a while is where to open the dialogue, and once you’ve chosen the entry point then how much detail do you go into without getting terminally bogged down or, worse still, boring the pants off the reader. So bear with me, I’m new to this but I aim to get better at it with time.
When I learnt my wordsmith craft up in London many years ago, one of the handy maxims passed on was, “Tell them what you’re going to tell them, tell them, then tell them you’ve told them”, or, make sure you’ve got a beginning, a middle and an end. Well this is the beginning. (more…)
Simon Gudgeon’s ‘Sculpture by the Lakes’ recently played host to the combined talents of photographer Elie Dervonte and students from the Urdang Musical Theatre Academy in London. The event provided an opportunity to explore the concept of art forms combined and harmonised to create a different artistic dynamic. Simon Gudgeon is never afraid to expand and extend the potential of his art and to explore different ways of sharing it with a wider audience. (more…)
Simon has had a number of his sculptures installed in some prestigious places. Now his art is ensconced in one of the most highly valued pieces of real estate in the world: One Hyde Park is billed as the World’s Best Address. This exclusive apartment complex sits in the middle of London’s Knightsbridge next to The Mandarin Oriental Hotel. It was developed and designed by Candy & Candy , a world leading interior design and development management company. (more…)
Simon Gudgeon’s magnificent sculpture, “Search for Enlightenment’ was installed in the Riverside Walk Garden, Millbank, London on the 9th October alongside Henry Moore’s ‘Locking Piece’. The Garden overlooks the Thames and is close to Tate Britain. It is an oasis in the middle of a busy city. People go there to relax, eat lunch or just think. So it is a perfect venue for Simon’s piece. (more…)
Simon Gudgeon’s magnificent bronze ‘Isis’ sits in Hyde Park next to the Serpentine, the first piece of sculpture to do so in 50 years. At its base there are 1000 plaques inscribed with the names of generous donors who have helped to raise £2.2 million to build the Isis Education Centre which is designed to enable communities and especially city school children, to enjoy and experience the wonders of nature and the importance of protecting and preserving the environment for the future. The Centre is right in the heart of the Park. (more…)
This blog is about Simon Gudgeon, the artist, the person. It is a dialogue with those who want to share in his creativity and passion. Art should speak to you the observer and you can communicate the experience of that art to others. Whether or not you have visited Sculpture by the Lakes (and of course you will feel that this is a must), you will see his work in many other places. The links from this blog will take you there and you can share in the journey of the artist as he develops and evolves, whilst he is continuously searching for the next challenge, the next dimension. (more…)