Thinking the Sculpture Garden: Art, Plant, Landscape, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Thinking the Sculpture Garden

Art, Plant, Landscape, 1st Edition

Edited by Penny Florence


232 pages | 21 Color Illus. | 90 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9780367190248
pub: 2020-03-04
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This innovative book poses two, deceptively simple, questions: what is a sculpture garden, and what happens when you give equal weight to the main elements of landscape, planting and artwork?

Its wide-ranging frame of reference, including the USA, Europe and Japan, is brought into focus through Tremenheere Sculpture Garden, Cornwall, with which the book begins and ends. Effectively less than 15 years old, and largely the work of one man, Tremenheere affords an opportunity to examine as work-in-progress the creation of a new kind of sculpture garden. Beginning with a historical overview, the book traverses multiple ways of seeing and experiencing sculpture gardens, culminating in an exploration of their relevance as 'cultural ecology' in the context of globalisation, urbanisation and climate change. The thinking is non-dualist and broadly aligned with New Materialisms and Material Feminisms to explore our place as humans in the non-human world on which we depend. Eminent contributors, including John Dixon Hunt, George Descombes, Bernard Lassus and David Leatherbarrow, approach the issues through practices and theories of landscape architecture; garden and art making, history and writing; and philosophy.

Richly illustrated with over 100 images, including a colour plate section, the book will primarily appeal to those engaged in professional or academic research, along with sculpture garden visitors, who will find new and surprising ways of experiencing plants and art in natural and urban settings.

Table of Contents



i.​ Note on Method: Diffracting The Sculpture Garden

ii. Introduction. The Ground

Part I Tremenheere Sculpture Garden

  1. Tremenheere: Place of the Long Stones. Art, Plants, Landscape​.

    Penny Florence

  2. The Seed in the Stone:
  3. Peter Randall-Page’s Exploration of Energetic Structure.

    Penny Florence

  4. Mono-ha: Paying Attention. Japanese Art in/of the Garden

    Gay Watson

Part II Placing History in/of the Garden

4. Sculpture Gardens and Sculpture in Gardens.

John Dixon Hunt

5. The Garden: Art Object.

Bernard Lassus

6. From Pedestal to Place.

David Leatherbarrow

7.Little Sparta and the Neo-Classical Re-Arming of the Sculpture Garden. Patrick Eyres

8. How to Make a Path. The Swiss Way Project 1991

Georges Descombes

Part III​ ​Return to Tremenheere

9. ​Landscape, Art, Plant, Event

Penny Florence ​

10. ​Thinking the Sculpture Garden

Penny Florence

Appendix. Tremenheere Lists and Map.

Author Biographies

About the Editor

Penny Florence is currently Professor Emerita at The Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, UK. Previous appointments include Chair of Humanities and Design Sciences, Art Center, Pasadena, USA; Head of Research Programmes at The Slade; Professor of Contemporary Arts & Director of Research at Falmouth University, UK. She continues to exhibited art works and films and she is a published poet. She has also given public performances/exhibitions of digital poetry, at Tate Modern, Tate Britain and internationally. Her international publications include a number of books and many articles on issues related to art, poetry and feminist philosophy/theory, including especially sculpture and word-image (sculpture, poetry and painting). She has published on Hepworth, the American Sculptor Liz Larner among others, and contributed to the 2-volume ‘Sculpture in C20 Britain’ (Henry Moore Institute). The French poet Steìphane Mallarmeì in relation to painting is another sustained interest, as are feminism, innovation, experimentalism and the general shifting of boundaries.

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