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Gardens set to become an open-air gallery for bronze art installation

23 October 2017

Nature in Bronze at Trentham Gardens

Trentham Gardens becomes an open-air gallery for bronze art installation

The Trentham Estate is already recognised for its award-winning gardens and family-friendly Fairy Trail - but visitors are now being given the opportunity to discover bronze pheasants rising from prairie planting and a giant tree frog emerging from the undergrowth.

Helping to expand Trentham’s reputation as an open-air art gallery, a new installation of bronze wildlife sculptures by artist David Meredith is set to offer a new attraction among the gardens over the next six months.

The eye-catching installation features a full range of Meredith’s work in several areas of the garden at a time when Mother Nature is helping to slowly transform the backdrop from a dazzling array of autumn colours, to an awe-inspiring winter garden.

Along with the pheasants and tree frog, the new wildlife sculpture installation also includes a leaping salmon, snails, tawny owls, barn owls, little mice, a large hare, horses and a deer buck and hind.

Dotted around the gardens, the sculptures are not arranged in an official trail, but a leaflet ensures that visitors track down all of the works of art. There is also the chance to win a sculpture by the artist worth £350 by coming-up with a name for the running deer installation, with details included in the leaflet.

The installation is included with standard garden admission.

Smaller items of Meredith’s work are constantly on show, and for sale, in one of the shops within The Trentham Estate’s recently expanded Shopping Village - Glazed Art.

He has been sculpting professionally for more than 20 years, starting his career in the pewter, giftware and retail sectors before specialising in bronze.

“I consider myself very lucky to be doing what I do, I get a great sense of relaxation and happiness when I’m sculpting, nothing else exists in that moment,” says the artist.  “Alongside art, my other passion is the natural world.  This inspires my work in ways that nothing else can.  My love for nature has led me to travel throughout Africa, Asia and North America, all of which have helped to shape my work in both realistic and abstract ways.”

Described as the “garden make-over of the decade” by The Daily Telegraph, Staffordshire’s Trentham Gardens also took the title of the UK’s “Garden of the Year” in the annual BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards in 2015.

Among the growing number of artworks which complement the natural beauty of the Estate is a statue of Perseus, which enjoyed a starring role at the Royal Academy of Art’s exhibition entitled “Bronze” in London in 2012.

Elsewhere visitors can enjoy the perennially eye-catching Trentham Fairy Trail at any time of the year.

Earlier this year, a striking statue of Lancelot “Capability” Brown - the renowned landscape garden designer whose tercentenary has been celebrated throughout 2016 - also went on show at Trentham Gardens.  That bronze statue by sculptor Laury Dizengremel, the Artist-In-Residence for Belvoir Castle in the East Midlands, has now taken up permanent residence beside the River Thames in Hammersmith close to where Brown lived for thirteen years.

The latest art installation at Trentham also comes at a time when Stoke-on-Trent is waiting to hear whether or not it has been successful in its bid to become the 2021 UK City of Culture.

For further details, visit www.trentham.co.uk/trentham-gardens.

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For all media information, photo-opportunities and images, please contact:

Amanda Dawson. Tel: 01782 657341. E-mail: adawson@trentham.co.uk

Notes to editors:

The Trentham Estate, on the edge of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, offers one of the UK’s most diverse days out with a range of leisure activities for all ages.

It is one of the country’s top leisure destinations, attracting more than 3.2m visitors per year and was awarded a Gold Accolade by VisitEngland in February 2016 in recognition of the quality visitor experience offered. The fabulous restored Trentham Gardens at the heart of the Estate attracted just over 647,000 visits in 2016 - making them one of the most visited gardens in the UK.  They were also named the UK’s “Garden of the Year” in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2015. Owned and managed by St. Modwen Properties PLC, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, the 725-acre Estate, which was previously owned for over 400 years by the Dukes of Sutherland, has undergone a massive regeneration programme since 2003. The Estate boasts: The famous Trentham Gardens, including the very important Italianate Gardens designed by Charles Barry in the 1830s that have been lovingly restored using top landscape designers. The gardens feature the UK’s first ‘barefoot’ walk, a great children’s adventure play area and maze and a beautiful walk around the mile long lake, originally laid out by Lancelot “Capability” Brown in the 18th Century. The Trentham Garden Centre and newly expanded Shopping Village, an eclectic mix of shops and eateries with a 119-bedroom Premier Inn Hotel. Trentham Monkey Forest - a unique opportunity to walk amongst 140 free roaming Barbary macaques, in a natural woodland environment for this endangered species. Aerial Extreme, an exhilarating treetop high rope adventure course. Extensive woodlands.

Trentham Gardens becomes an open-air gallery for bronze art installation
The Trentham Estate is already recognised for its award-winning gardens and family-friendly Fairy Trail - but visitors are now being given the opportunity to discover bronze pheasants rising from prairie planting and a giant tree frog emerging from the undergrowth.
Helping to expand Trentham’s reputation as an open-air art gallery, a new installation of bronze wildlife sculptures by artist David Meredith is set to offer a new attraction among the gardens over the next six months.
The eye-catching installation features a full range of Meredith’s work in several areas of the garden at a time when Mother Nature is helping to slowly transform the backdrop from a dazzling array of autumn colours, to an awe-inspiring winter garden.
Along with the pheasants and tree frog, the new wildlife sculpture installation also includes a leaping salmon, snails, tawny owls, barn owls, little mice, a large hare, horses and a deer buck and hind.
Dotted around the gardens, the sculptures are not arranged in an official trail, but a leaflet ensures that visitors track down all of the works of art. There is also the chance to win a sculpture by the artist worth £350 by coming-up with a name for the running deer installation, with details included in the leaflet.
The installation is included with standard garden admission.
Smaller items of Meredith’s work are constantly on show, and for sale, in one of the shops within The Trentham Estate’s recently expanded Shopping Village - Glazed Art.
He has been sculpting professionally for more than 20 years, starting his career in the pewter, giftware and retail sectors before specialising in bronze.
“I consider myself very lucky to be doing what I do, I get a great sense of relaxation and happiness when I’m sculpting, nothing else exists in that moment,” says the artist.  “Alongside art, my other passion is the natural world.  This inspires my work in ways that nothing else can.  My love for nature has led me to travel throughout Africa, Asia and North America, all of which have helped to shape my work in both realistic and abstract ways.”
Described as the “garden make-over of the decade” by The Daily Telegraph, Staffordshire’s Trentham Gardens also took the title of the UK’s “Garden of the Year” in the annual BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards in 2015.
Among the growing number of artworks which complement the natural beauty of the Estate is a statue of Perseus, which enjoyed a starring role at the Royal Academy of Art’s exhibition entitled “Bronze” in London in 2012.
Elsewhere visitors can enjoy the perennially eye-catching Trentham Fairy Trail at any time of the year.
Earlier this year, a striking statue of Lancelot “Capability” Brown - the renowned landscape garden designer whose tercentenary has been celebrated throughout 2016 - also went on show at Trentham Gardens.  That bronze statue by sculptor Laury Dizengremel, the Artist-In-Residence for Belvoir Castle in the East Midlands, has now taken up permanent residence beside the River Thames in Hammersmith close to where Brown lived for thirteen years.
The latest art installation at Trentham also comes at a time when Stoke-on-Trent is waiting to hear whether or not it has been successful in its bid to become the 2021 UK City of Culture.
For further details, visit /trentham-gardens.
Ends
For all media information, photo-opportunities and images, please contact:
Amanda Dawson. Tel: 01782 657341. E-mail: adawson@trentham.co.uk
Notes to editors:
The Trentham Estate, on the edge of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, offers one of the UK’s most diverse days out with a range of leisure activities for all ages.
It is one of the country’s top leisure destinations, attracting more than 3.2m visitors per year and was awarded a Gold Accolade by VisitEngland in February 2016 in recognition of the quality visitor experience offered. The fabulous restored Trentham Gardens at the heart of the Estate attracted just over 647,000 visits in 2016 - making them one of the most visited gardens in the UK.  They were also named the UK’s “Garden of the Year” in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2015. Owned and managed by St. Modwen Properties PLC, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, the 725-acre Estate, which was previously owned for over 400 years by the Dukes of Sutherland, has undergone a massive regeneration programme since 2003. The Estate boasts: The famous Trentham Gardens, including the very important Italianate Gardens designed by Charles Barry in the 1830s that have been lovingly restored using top landscape designers. The gardens feature the UK’s first ‘barefoot’ walk, a great children’s adventure play area and maze and a beautiful walk around the mile long lake, originally laid out by Lancelot “Capability” Brown in the 18th Century. The Trentham Garden Centre and newly expanded Shopping Village, an eclectic mix of shops and eateries with a 119-bedroom Premier Inn Hotel. Trentham Monkey Forest - a unique opportunity to walk amongst 140 free roaming Barbary macaques, in a natural woodland environment for this endangered species. Aerial Extreme, an exhilarating treetop high rope adventure course. Extensiveoodlands

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