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Bag lady with a difference

‘Everything must go’ by Carla Borgna.

Bag lady with a difference!

A unique piece of artwork takes a special place in the University's sculpture exhibition

Issued on 13 July 2010

The humble carrier bag is much maligned these days, but not for international sculptor Claudia Borgna.

Her flamboyant creation from recycled white plastic bags is one of the attractions of ‘Heart, Head and Hands’, the ninth annual sculpture exhibition held by the University of Leicester in its Botanic Garden in Oadby, Leicester.

In her work she investigates the ‘evolution of landscape’, affected by modern life-styles and consumerism and, typically, she created ‘Everything must go’ uniquely for the University’s highly popular summer exhibition of sculpture.

“I like to lure the viewers into a virtual lyrical extension of modern life that substitutes the idealized concept of nature and landscape with a romanticized modern one,” she says.

“Plastic bags might eventually disappear but not without leaving a trace in our environment and marking our history as a symbol for transient values”.

Claudia Borgna has both a degree in Foreign Literature from Genoa University and a Fine Art BA degree from London Metropolitan University. She exhibits her work nationally and internationally

‘Heart, Head and Hands’ features 63 sculptures by 41 sculptors from as far afield as the US, Iceland, Germany and Italy, as well as works by local and regional sculptors and is well supported by the highly prestigious Royal British Society of Sculptors.

The exhibition will be at the University of Leicester Botanic Garden, Glebe Road, Oadby until Sunday 19th September. The garden will be open free of charge, except for special open days (see the website for details).

Normal Botanic Garden opening times are 10am-4pm Monday-Friday all year (except for the Christmas-New Year period) and on Saturday and Sunday from the third weekend in March to the second weekend in November. The entrance to the Garden is in Glebe Road, Oadby.

Click here to download the brochure for the exhibition.

Notes to Editors: Click here to view a gallery of images from the exhibition.

University of Leicester Botanic Garden

The University’s Botanic Garden is one of the most diverse gardens in the region. Established on its present site in Oadby in 1947. It comprises the grounds of four early 20th century houses now used as student residences.

The four once-separate gardens have been merged into 16 acres of cultivated grounds and greenhouses, displaying formal planting around a restored Edwardian garden, an arboretum, a herb garden, woodland and herbaceous borders, rock gardens, a water garden, the National Collections of Skimmia, Aubrieta, hardy Fuchsia and Lawson's Cypress, and a series of glasshouses displaying temperate and tropical plants, alpines and succulents.

For more information on ‘Heart, Head and Hands’ please contact:

Dr John Sydney Carter, Curator, tel 01858 545642, email

Stella Couloutbanis, Visual Arts Manager, Embrace Arts, RA centre, University of Leicester, email, tel 0116 223 1529


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