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Success Leads to Extended Sculpture Exhibition

September 2002

An exhibition by renowned sculptors at the University of Leicester Harold Martin Botanic Garden has been such a success that it will now remain open until 19 September 2002.

“Sculpture in the Garden” is an exhibition of more than 30 sculptures, some on a grand scale, by international and regional artists, with a sculpture trail available for children and school parties.

Set in the magnificently landscaped 16-acre gardens in Oadby, sites for the individual sculptures were chosen with care, allowing the setting to become part of the display itself. One work by the Icelandic sculptor Gudrun Nielson, FRBS, has been specifically designed for the herb garden.

The extended opening period will make the exhibition available to the thousands of scientists, delegates, students and members of the public who will flock to the University of Leicester from 9-13 September for the BA Festival of Science 2002.

This year’s theme for the BA Festival is “Science and the Quality of Life”, and the sculpture exhibition, set in the peace of the Botanic Garden can certainly offer visitors a change of scene from the bustle of events that will be taking place on campus during the Festival week.

“Sculpture in the Garden” is open to the public from 10 am - 4 pm daily and is free of charge except during special events. Entrance is through the Knoll Gate on Glebe Road, Oadby, Leicestershire.

Professor Robert Burgess, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, said: “We are delighted at the success of this prestigious exhibition of sculptures. It is another indication of the University’s commitment to the arts and an example of how we are able to enrich the life of the city and the region.

“I hope that many of the people who will be coming to the Science Festival will find the time to dip into the Arts as well, and to visit ‘Sculpture in the Garden’.

The sculptures can also be viewed on the following web page: http://www.le.ac.uk/press/press/sculptureingarden.html

Note to editors: Sculptors will gather on Tuesday 10 September 2002 at 12.30 pm at Beaumont Hall, Stoughton Drive South, Oadby, Leicestershire. Photograph opportunities will be available at that time.

Sculpture in the Garden - List of artists and sculptures:

Name

Title of piece

Paula Armstrong (3)

Ceramic Heads

Martyn Barratt (2)

Blue Planet Ring

Helaine Blumenfeld (2)

Venus Shadow figures: Dialogue

Derek Carruthers

Heavenly Bodies

John Carter (3)

Fisherman Heron Form Sea Form

Bob Dawson

Lotus

Bill Forster (5)

Overarm Kin Emergence Exultation Family

Miles Halpin (3)

Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge Home Pod

Derek Howarth

Siren

Deirdre Hubbard

Amazon 1

Paul Lethwaite

Germination

Christopher Marvell

Man and Cat

Gudrun Nielsen

Echo (2 parts)

Tessa Pullan

Horse and Rider

Frances Segelman (3)

Angel 1 Angel 2 Angel 3

Andrew Smith

Nest

Rosalind Stoddart

Enclose

Mr Richard Thornton

River Rhythm

Johanne von Stumm (2)

Reflection Gate

Photographs of the exhibition are welcomed at any time during opening hours, by arrangement with Dr Richard Gornall, Director of the Harold Martin Botanic Garden, telephone 0116 252 3394/0116 271 2933, facsimile 0116 252 3330, email rjg@le.ac.uk

Further information on “Sculpture in the Garden” is available from Professor Bill Forster, telephone 01780 460609, email billforster@beeb.net, or from Dr Richard Gornall, Director of the Harold Martin Botanic Garden, contact details as above.

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