The Claw

A country stroll Turns into a nightmare When you discover that the public pathway Is not all it seems. That solid looking earth parts beneath your feet without warning. You fall into the foul smelling underground of a long lost mine shaft. You scream Your mouth forming a terrified O Your fingers clawing the edge…

Finding Magic

“Finding Trewyn Studio was a sort of magic’, wrote Barbara Hepworth. “Here was a studio, a yard and garden where I could work in open air and space.” We had to go into St Ives in May as I had an appointment with the GP about my sciatica. We hummed and hawed as to whether…

Cornish favourites: Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden

“Finding Trewyn Studio was a sort of magic’, wrote Barbara Hepworth. ‘Here was a studio, a yard and garden where I could work in open air and space.” I’m not going to say much about this place as I think you will enjoy reading my impressions of this garden following my visit in 2015. View…

The Rites of Dionysus

From the first time I saw this back in 2006 I have been somewhat underwhelmed by it. Situated in the Mediterranean biome at the Eden Project, the ‘Rites of Dionysus’ is a sculpture by Tim Shaw, a sculptor from Cornwall who was born in Belfast. The installation draws inspiration from the accounts of the Bacchanal…

Cornish favourites: Tremenheere

Tremenheere is Cornwall’s most exciting contemporary large-scale garden. Located in Gulval, close to Penzance in the south-western corner of the county you get a stunning distant view of St Michael’s Mount from the top of the slopes, where strawberries were once grown for sale in distant Covent Garden. Prior to 1290 the land at Tremenheere was…

Sculptures in the Garden

I have written about the Tremenheere Sculpture Garden before, highlighting the walk through the gardens and also the texture found in its unusual planting. On a recent visit I tried to capture all of the sculptures found within the grounds including a new one. Sculptures are as subjective as any art work and a lot…