Bruce Munro, Art in the Landscape & a Giant Prawn

“Sculpture gains by finding a setting that suits its mood and when that happens there is gain for both the sculpture and setting.” – Henry Moore

I was treated to a preview of Bruce Munro’s  ‘Winter Light’ exhibition in the grounds of Waddesdon Manor recently.  Flamboyant light installations in a formal Victorian garden.  So here’re some pictures from ‘Winter Light’ and a few other bits and pieces of art in the landscape that I happen to have enjoyed.

Winter Light

Beacon by Bruce Munro at Waddesdon Manor
Beacon by Bruce Munro at Waddesdon Manor

Beacon was originally constructed in 2013 on a hill at Long Knoll near the artist’s home, to raise money & awareness for breast cancer charity Cancerkin“This hill and surrounding countryside has long been my ‘canvas’,” Munro explained. “I lost a dear friend very young to breast cancer. By illuminating the night sky for a brief moment, I hope to send the message ‘you are not alone’.”

Bruce Munro’s Moon-Harvest at Waddesdon transforms hay-bales in their black plastic wrappers into a galaxy come to earth.

Enjoying the Moon-Harvest
Enjoying the Moon-Harvest

The exhibition is on till 4th January 2015, illuminating from 4pm.  Here’s my little piece about it in Buckinghamshire Life Magazine: Bruce Munro

The Crow Road

Fence-post crow guarding the path up to the ruins of Dinas Bran castle in North Wales, near Llangollen.  Dinas Bran has been translated as Crow Castle or The Hill of the Crow.

Dinas Bran

 The Great Storm

One of a series of sculptures by Jill Watson around the Berwickshire coastline, commemorating the Great Storm of 1881 in which 189 fishermen were shipwrecked.  This one is at Eyemouth, figures forever looking out to sea, hopeful their friends and families might yet come home.


Henry Moore

Loved the fantastic 2007 exhibition of Henry Moore sculptures at Kew Gardens.  Henry Moore is back at Kew, his Reclining Mother & Child in the gardens described by Kew as – “This bronze beauty will perfectly illustrate the clear synergy between Moore’s delight in the natural world and Kew’s celebration of nature.  Having his works perceived within a natural setting was crucial to Moore’s vision.”

Henry Moore at Kew 2007
Henry Moore at Kew 2007

RHS Wisely’s Henry Moore Arch is away as part of an exhibition, but his King and Queen have taken up extended residence over the winter.

“Landscape has been for me one of the sources of my energy… The whole of Nature is an endless demonstration of shape and form.” – Henry Moore


“Bid men of battle build me a tomb fair after fire, on the foreland by the sea that shall stand as a reminder of me to my people, towering high over Hronesness so that ocean travellers shall afterwards name it Beowulf’s barrow, bending in the distance their masted ships through the mists upon the sea.” – Beowulf

Part of the charm, for me, of standing stones and burial chambers is the way they sit like ancient sculptures in the landscape.

Peacocks & Soldiers

Hughenden Manor near High Wycombe has annually changing sculptures in the grounds.  In 2014 commemorating its recently revealed secret history as a WWII map-making base, code-named ‘Operation Hillside’, with Watchmen – tree-trunk soldiers by Ed Elliott.

tree sculpture

The year before saw jigsaw-pieced mirrors of peacocks and red kites by Emile Jones.



The Lost Gardens of Heligan‘s Mud-Maid, a giantess asleep in the snow.


Bonus Material

And a few odds and ends, because what’s not to love about a giant prawn on the quay and a shark in a roof.

Christmas Ostrich