So, what would the ultimate accolade for a sculptor be?
Well, if it was garden sculpture then surely being exhibited at the Chelsea Flower Show must be up there.
And that’s exactly what Alison Bell will be doing this May.
Many of you will be familiar with her Wee Souls Collection. Exhibited at Forton Fine Art for many years, they pull on the heartstrings, reminding us of our children and our own childhoods.
Well, imagine these sculptures in life-size because that’s exactly what she is working on right now.
Three of her pieces will be on show in Laura Antiss’ garden for the charity Supershoes. Entitled, ‘Laced with Hope’, the garden follows a child’s journey following a diagnosis of cancer. It also showcases the work that Supershoes does by empowering these children in their fight.
As you know, sculpture can add a focal point to any garden. Either as a feature piece or nestled into a flower bed, garden designers have been incorporating them for centuries.
And if you’ve visited Chelsea in recent years you will have noticed an increasing number of sculptors now have their own stands. From Michael Speller’s abstract pieces to Hamish Mackie’s more traditional animals they are as impressive as they are large.
So look out for the three not so wee souls on the Supershoes’designer garden. I think you’ll agree that King of the Castle will, quite literally and figuratively be that.
King of the Castle Too