International Festival of the Garden at Westonbirt Arboretum
My first glass art for outdoors project was for the International Festival of the Garden and the Forestry Commission at Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire. The resulting 6 huge panels inspired by the magnificent trees in the Arboretum, rose out the ground like standing stones – but in GLASS!
The brief was to create a pathfinding artwork in the landscape – visible from afar but not intrusive. The combination of materials in my work sets up a magical dialogue between the fragility of the fine membrane of semi transparent cloth with its delicate painting, and the monumentality of thick, toughened glass.
The colours of my installations change from morning to evening, and with the weather and the seasons. Rain creates a myriad of moving droplets on the surface, and mist and snow see it change again. The glass appears and disappears in the landscape, depending on the angle from which it is seen – it’s mystical.
High specification glass: an ideal material for outdoor artwork
The resin which laminates the glass I use has UV protection as well as resistance to extremes of temperature. This allows the painted cloth colour resistance, and so provides colour in the garden and landscape all year round – and in all climates. The glass is toughened and also laminated, providing the highest technical specifications for safety. My glass art for outdoors usually takes the form of panels that are buried in the ground into steel plinths. These in turn can be bolted to blocks of poured concrete to stabilise them, if necessary.