As the acclaimed Chelsea Flower Show closes up for 2017, we take a look at those who reached new levels at this year’s event with their spectacular designs and collectable sculptures in the gardens.
David Harber, a sculptor intent on transforming fleeting, natural events into long-lasting designs, returned this year to the Chelsea Flower Show to reveal his two latest sculptures. Eclipse features two interlocking rings, mutually supporting each other but contrasting in colour. The gold leaf and sapphire hue shows Harber’s experimentation with light and dark, mimicking the motions of an eclipse. Quiver consists of flame-shaped fragments of reflective stainless steel, posing as leaves upon thin stems gently swaying. Set in a backdrop garden designed by Nic Howard, Quiver is also a finalist for the Garden Product of the Year award.
Hamish Mackie, known for his realistic wildlife sculptures typically cast in bronze, also unveiled his latest pieces at the Chelsea Flower Show. Featuring sculptures such as his Boxing Hares, Monumental Owl, and even the unexpected bust of Winston Churchill, Mackie aimed to showcase how his designs beautifully suit both an indoor and outdoor environment. Designed once again by Rachael White Designs, the surrounding garden included a make-shift courtyard and conservatory, perfectly showing off his simple yet detailed and enigmatic sculptures that entirely capture the presence of its subjects.
Dorset based sculptor, Simon Gudgeon, has made a name for himself creating contemporary, minimalist sculptures featured even in the private collections of royalty. He showcased his newest pieces at this year’s Show and was awarded a Five Star Trade Stand Award for his work. Some of the sculptures included were Firebird, designed like a life-sized ballerina made up of over 1000 individual bronze leaves, and Leaf Spirit. They captured a lot of the attention, many celebrities having been pictured alongside them. Gudgeon’s stand also included a planting scheme designed by his wife, made to surround all of his life-sized sculptures.
Designed by Simon Thomas Pirie, now working in collaboration with Sitting Spiritually, the Floating Bench was first launched at the 2016 Chelsea Flower Show, receiving great attention and featuring in winning gardens. It made a reappearance in the 2017 Show, this time as a special edition launch, expanding the range with two new pieces. ‘Noir’ and ‘Blonde’ still maintain the original bench’s modern, statement design however, only ‘Noir’ uses the same technique of scorching. With ‘Blonde’ allowing a lighter wooden finish, these latest editions suit all tastes and have been shortlisted for a Design Guild Mark 2017.
If you enjoyed reading about this year’s 2017 Chelsea Flower Show and would like to read more, click here to read about last year’s event.
Featured image credit: David Harber
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