Dorset lakeside sculpture binge for top artists

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Sculpture by the Lakes near Dorchester is to host a sculpture festival in which 200 pieces by more than 30 leading British artists will be on display this spring.

The Sculpture Exhibition at the venue owned and administered at Pallington by the sculptor Simon Gudgeon will include both large outdoor works and smaller indoor pieces cross 26 acres of lakes, rivers, gardens and woodland.

“The way sculpture interacts with its environment, changing with the light, the weather, the seasons, means that where you experience it is vitally important” said Gudgeon, whose Search for Enlightenment is pictured here. “Putting large scale sculptures in a museum or gallery diminishes their power – but in a beautiful, natural environment, that power is restored; they come alive. That was one of the reasons I started Sculpture by the Lakes many years ago – and why I am putting this event together now.

“This is something I have been thinking about for years now, and I am thrilled to be seeing it come to fruition. It is a rare and special opportunity for sculpture lovers to see and enjoy the works of some of the best sculptors from across the UK together in one place for the first time. It is going to be truly spectacular.”

Among the artists featured will be Philip Jackson who made the Bomber Command Memorial in London’s Green Park and the statue of Bobby Moore at Wembley Stadium; Adam Binder, a previous winner of the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year award; Gill Parker, known for her equine and wildlife sculptures; and Nicola Godden whose most recent large bronze sculpture Icarus was created for the Olympic village for London 2012. The indoor space The Gallery will have smaller scale sculpture by the likes of Paul Harvey, Stephen Page, and the abstract works of Mark Beattie.

Some 14,000 visitors are expected at the event beside the River Frome, where the sculptures will range in price from £1000 to £300,000, through April and May.

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