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Spider in the Garden

'The Spideriness of Spiderhood' (2009) by Miles Halpin.

Spider in the Garden

Miles Halpin's giant spider creation features in University of Leicester's annual sculpture exhibition

Issued on 11 August 2010

Love them or hate them, most of us are fascinated by spiders and Heart, Head and Hands’, the ninth annual sculpture exhibition held by the University of Leicester in its Botanic Garden in Oadby, Leicester, has the spider of all spiders.

Sculptor Miles Halpin, ARBS, has used steel bar to create a giant spider with qualities of a drawn image expressing both the wonder and horror of spiders. The bar is cold-formed and bent entirely by hand.

He commented: “The spideriness of spiderhood is the terror and beauty of Being.”

‘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. The exhibition is well supported by the highly prestigious Royal British Society of Sculptors.

The exhibition is 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 www.le.ac.uk/botanicgarden 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 info@johnsydneycarter.com

Stella Couloutbanis, Visual Arts Manager, Embrace Arts, RA centre, University of Leicester, email sc352@le.ac.uk, tel 0116 223 1529

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