Sculpture trail heads to Harrogate’s RHS Harlow Carr


Jun 14, 2021
One of the sculptures pictured at RHS Garden Wisley.

A new sculpture trail inspired by the seasons is heading to RHS Harlow Carr next month.

The Four Seasons will open in the Harrogate gardens on July 7 and run until summer 2022, so there’s opportunity to experience the trail at all times of year.

Each sculpture is a four and a half metre tall fibreglass head inspired by Renaissance paintings by Italian artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo.

Artist and filmmaker Philip Haas’s heads depict spring, summer, autumn and winter in human form. They are adorned with seasonal fruit and vegetables, flowers and crops.

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As well as the trail, RHS Harlow Carr will also hold a series of floristry workshops. The first event, where people can create bouquets and wreaths, will be on July 1.

Paul Cook, RHS Garden Harlow Carr curator, said:

“The locations of the Four Seasons have been carefully chosen. Summer is surrounded by meadow flowers, whilst Winter echoes the mature trees around the sculpture.

“Autumn will be a talking point as the fruit and vegetables in our Kitchen Garden mature and Spring will see new foliage emerge.

“With the exhibition taking place at Harlow Carr over multiple seasons, another transformation will occur to alter and enrich the viewer’s perspective – the passage of time, the play of light and weather on the sculptures.”

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