The Garden is proud of its eye-catching, prestigious artworks which reflect humankind’s relationship with the natural environment.
The Garden has a new outdoor sculpture exhibition. Barcode Sculpture features new work from nine artists from Sculpture Cymru, an organisation of sculptors living and working in Wales. Each artist has made a response to the ground-breaking DNA barcode research carried out by our Head of Science and Research Dr. Natasha De Vere, and her team of students. The exhibition runs from January to September 2015.
Stables Courtyard Art Gallery
Helen Absalom’s exhibition, which runs from January 16th to February 24th 2015, is a combination of acrylic and oil paintings. The subjects are a progression of ideas and influences, starting with the flower paintings and developing more aspects of nature within a landscape. The dynamic compositions are created in Helen’s bright, bold and vibrant style. She works from a studio in Abergavenny in the Old Workhouse and you can see more of Helen’s work on her website
We have some stunning outdoor sculptures by internationally renowned artists. At the Gatehouse is ‘Thirty Three Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety Eight’ ‘by Marion Kalmus, a huge inverted cone of glassy sheets, where running water continually cascades down the inner side, illuminated by up-lighting. Its simple beauty presents a stark warning to us all – etched onto the glass is the number of plant species threatened by extinction in the year 2000.
Moving up the Broadwalk is Scaladaqua Tonda, created by William Pye. The name of this water sculpture means ‘curving water steps’. Both this and Marion Klamus’s sculpture were commissioned with funds kindly donated by The Derek Williams Trust.
Running down the Broadwalk from the charming Mirror Pool is a curving Rill. Its shape was inspired by the meadering path taken by the River Tywi, which flows just a kilometre north of the Garden.
Over on Paxton’s View, ‘Pi’ by Rawleigh Clay is positioned in such a way as to create a viewing circle of Paxton’s Tower. ‘Pi’ was been kindly donated to the Garden by the Contemporary Arts Society for Wales.
Just below, in our Wild Garden, is ‘Tarw’ the Welsh Black bull, by Sally Matthews. This sculpture was commissioned for the National Botanic Garden of Wales by the Contemporary Arts Society for Wales (CASW). If you’d like to create some art here yourself, take a look at our Lifelong Course programme to see if we are running any art based courses which might suit you. .