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RHS Show Garden features WSA Student's Sculpture

Published: 5 July 2016
Amber Boyt's winning sculpture
Amber Boyt's winning sculpture

The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (on from 5-10th July 2016) is always a gathering of wonders. This year, it features something extra special: a sculpture created by WSA student, Amber Boyt.

A graduating student from this year's BA Fine Art programme, Amber entered a competition along with fellow students and other artists, and her winning sculpture was chosen as part of the 'Retreat Garden' designed by Martin Royer and built by Final5.

The RHS website describes the garden as:

'a small urban garden [...] a retreat for a young professional couple, an escape on summer evenings and at weekends.

Privacy and a sense of enclosure are provided by two steel louvered panels, clipped hornbeam hedge and a steel pergola with retractable shade. The steel panel is a backdrop for the architectural multi-stemmed birch, which offers dappled shade over the paved seating area. The planting in gravel provides colour and texture and there is the sound and movement of water.'

The sculpture is set on a plinth and used to connect the more industrial construction of the garden's structure with the organic reaching and spreading of the plants, its form very much reflecting the flowers around it. 

The garden has been awarded a Silver Gilt medal and is on show at Hampton Court Palace until July 10th. 

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