Sculptor Alan Ward has added to the sense of fun in the garden by creating a number of sculptures out of the limestone outcrops which are such a feature of the garden. These include a salamander, a head of Medusa, a snail, a giant foot and the head of a tortoise. He has carved a full size statue of Sisyphus pushing a rock to the top of a hill- a task which he was fated to repeat endlessly- which we regard as a true gardening metaphor. Alan has made a number of sculptures to represent the five senses for a new ‘sensory’ garden beside the ‘tea lawn’ at the rear of the house. Alan has also carved a number of inscriptions in the garden and he is currently working on a large carving of Leda and the Swan, which will form a focal point beneath the Meathop Bridge Arch.
Other works of art in the garden include two bronzes by Martin Duffy (of my daughters Joanna and Georgina), two mosaics by Maggy Howarth and a mural by James Mackie.