Picture this. Return to Broomhill…

02 Feb

Since I had such a positive response to my earlier photographic posts, I thought that as we were going back to Broomhill Art Hotel today, I would take the opportunity to get some more pictures.


We had a light lunch in the gallery and after a drink outside in the sunshine, took a tour of the sculpture gardens.

We’d already been warned the lower gardens may be a little soggy due the the recent heavy rain, and the flooding a couple of weeks ago had actually washed one of the bronzes down the river. It had apparently been located, and was waiting to be retrieved when the waters subside.

I was keen to get to the Mike Roles exhibit on the derelict tennis court – Welcome to the Third Millennium, a skewed, mildly menacing, and brilliant collection of decayed and decaying figures with a post apocalyptic feel about them







On the way back to the main garden, we found what appeared to be part of a spacecraft made of roadsigns, crashed in a hedge…


…past a bull rider by a waterfall..


…down past the Mechanical Sphinx..


..and into the valley by the lake.


Here, you will find a petrified violinist..


..a stone sofa, complete with sleeping stone cat..


..sleek chrome forms, reflecting the dappled sunlight beneath the trees..


..strange alien shapes rising from the water..


..a portal to an otherworldly clearing in the woods..


…and a giant, dramatic figure, reaching for the low winter sun.


Crossing the drive to the newer exhibition area, we walked down the wooded slope to the river flood plain, coming across a huge wooden chain, carved from links the size of logs.


Down in the swamp, a strange communion is in progress.



Elsewhere, a disturbingly organic water heater looks ready to slither off it’s plinth..


..and the walk back to the car leads us past the larger, more meditative pieces.



It’s not long ago that we were last at Broomhill, but as ever, there is always something new to discover, and today was no exception.

Until next time…


More pictures here…


Posted by on February 2, 2013 in Photography, Picture this.


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8 responses to “Picture this. Return to Broomhill…

  1. JerseyLil

    February 3, 2013 at 06:20

    Cool sculpture garden and great photos! I especially love the cat on couch, the spacecraft, and the meditative pieces. They are all very creative. Thanks for sharing.

    • dalecooper57

      February 3, 2013 at 12:33

      It is one of our favourite places, glad you enjoyed the tour.

  2. Zippy Thorns

    February 3, 2013 at 15:02

    Thanks for sharing these and they are excellent sculptures! My only gripe was the stone sofa which looked dumped, but then I do see (unfortunately) just this sort of thing for real. Excellent day out though by the looks of things, and great pics! Thanks! Love from Mr P.Hilisine. 🙂

    • dalecooper57

      February 3, 2013 at 15:40

      I believe you dropped a “t” in your name Mr Hillistine. And I love the sofa, it’s been there for years and it really does look genuine, dumped or otherwise.
      ;~} Cheers.

  3. Rum Punch Drunk

    February 3, 2013 at 19:25

    Oh, I loved so many of these sculptures I was overwhelmed to say the least. I just like weird and wonderful things in odd places. Loved the decaying figures the best though. Good idea to bring the local kids here on a camping trip to scare the living daylights out of them all night whilst bumping into these, ha ha aha, a story for them to tell their own grandchildren one day 🙂

    Must admit that the sofa was a sight for sore eyes, we see too much of that in London, not artistic but for real……

    Enjoyed this post.

  4. Helena Fortissima

    February 3, 2013 at 21:22

    I’d love to visit this place sometime! What imaginative pieces. I’m especially fond of the sculptures done with repurposed materials like the chicken wire figures. A provocative mix of weird and ordinary!


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