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Sunday, 30 September 2018

Dinosaurs and geese

Back to Harlow Carr Gardens... I try to go every six to eight weeks, as there is always something new to notice. It's such a peaceful environment too, despite its popularity. The car parks can be packed but you rarely feel the gardens themselves are too crowded.

The dinosaur willow sculpture was one of several dotted around as part of the summer attractions for children. I really liked it. It looked both quite realistic and also oddly friendly.

The geese meanwhile are one of the exhibits in the autumn sculpture trail. Amazing what you can do with some chicken wire. The artist is Carol Sterritt. I think she has captured the 'jizz' (can you tell I was once a keen birdwatcher?) of the birds really well.

Jizz = the total combination of characteristics that serve to identify a particular species of bird or plant


  1. It's hard to believe that anyone could make something of beauty from such an unpromising material as chicken wire - it's enough of a nightmare trying to untangle bits of it that have been stored in a shed. It's great fun to find sculptures like these in a garden.

  2. I agree with John, my first thought was how she must have worked the wire carefully in order to not have been wounded by it. That is definitely a friendly looking dinosaur.

  3. Once upon a time I was a bird watcher too........

  4. They are great sculptures. As you say they have personality.