ONE of Wiltshire’s most beautiful gardens, The Courts at Holt, near Bradford-on-Avon, which is cared for by the National Trust, has its annual sculpture throughout September, until 20th October. This year it features work by the Somerset sculptor Ian Marlow.
The Courts garden is characterised by beautiful planting, and Marlow’s stainless steel sculptures, Elements of Nature, seem to take on a new life alongside the plants..
Originally creating large figurative pieces in stone and marble, Marlow moved to working in stainless steel and glass in 2007 following a two-piece commission in the material. He began to realise the potential that stainless steel offered as a medium for sculpture. The flexibility and strength, combined with the reflective quality, allowed him to explore and develop new ideas for his work, creating a freedom of movement that the solidity of stone denied him.
Pictured: Tall Seeds © Ian Marlow; The Courts Garden © National Trust/Andrew Butler