Gunnera Water Sculpture, Crawley
Ian Gill Sculpture 

This piece was first commissioned at the RHS Hampton Court Palace flower show 2019. A smaller piece, in the same style, which had previously been created was on their stand; this was noticed by the owners of the Haskins Garden centres. They were looking for something specific to go in the courtyard of their brand-new fully refurbished garden centre in Crawley.

The significance of this piece was the original centre had a very large gunnera that grew out at the front. Unfortunately, this one had to be removed due to its location, but the owners felt that a metal gunnera sculpture in place of the original living plant, would be a brilliant alternative.

The brief was that they wanted to create a draw dropping centerpiece that would add some gentle sound and interest to the area at the front of the restaurant.

This was forged from 1.5 mm sheet that then turned into stunning gunnera leaves, some of the leaves had hollow stems so water could be pumped up through to create gentle cascades over the other leaves. Once the Sculpture was finished it was then galvanized.

Once fettled, Gill oxidised the surface using a mild bronze aging patination solution.

2019 was an incredible year for Ian Gill Sculpture, not only did they have this amazing commission they also won best trade stand at Hampton Court. 

Photographs © Simon Muncer.
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