The Elemental Sculpture Park is a 10 acre site, in Somerford Keynes, near Cirencester. A mix of deciduous and conifer woodland with ponds, gardens and magical glades, it is in fact where we buy our Christmas tree every year. We have been aware for some time, through glimpses from the road, that the owner has a passion for sculpting, and were delighted when a sign went up indicating it was open to the public.
The park first opened its gates to the public last year, and we have been meaning to visit since then, a couple of weekends ago my daughter and I finally managed to get around to going.
As well as the owner’s sculptures, the park features the works of over thirty different artists, with around 90 pieces on display, meaning something different lies around every turn in the path.
The works cover a range of forms and topics, with pieces made from stone, metal, and glass.
The setting is natural and absolutely stunning, and made finding each sculpture a magical experience. They really all do look like they belong there.
I believe most of the sculptures are for sale, so the woodland is in fact a giant, organic gallery.
We particularly loved the sculptures made from recycled materials.
And they have given us lots of inspiration for trying to make some sculpture for our own garden.
I loved the use of scrap metal in particular.
And my daughter was very taken with the beautiful stained glass pieces.
Sculpture sometimes seems a little inaccessible, locked away in a gallery or museum, so it was lovely to visit somewhere were it is displayed in such an organic, open way, and made from so many different materials.
We loved our afternoon at the Elemental Sculpture Park – they even had a little tea shop with homemade cake! More importantly, we came away inspired to try and create some art for our own garden, and with loads of ideas to how we might do so. If you would like to see more of the sculptures we saw, please check out our Instagram page.
Since our visit we have already tried our hand and a couple of different sculptures for our own garden. Our Chicken wire and moss toadstool has pride of place in our garden, and we love it, we have also been having a play with cement, which we will be sharing with you soon.