The college was only a couple of years into it's life and as he said himself, "they were taking anyone!" Well not quite true as the principal, had made a decision to accept people on the basis of their quirkiness rather than their amazing intellect!
He was rather wonderfully quirky himself. At the top of the driveway was a Barbara Hepworth sculpture..one of her strung angels. The story goes that he went to her studio and asked had she anything that he could reasonably purchase for the college. Then packed off his two art tutors to Cornwall to collect it.
What a man!
So when we had the opportunity this summer to visit the garden and studio in St. Ives we went.
Nothing could really have prepared us for how we would feel about the garden.
We both love gardens anyhow but sense of care was quite overwhelming. Alan was in his element!
The day was perfect, there were few people in the space and we just wandered in amongst the plants and sculptures along the paths.
I was surprised at how small the garden was, yet how much there was to take in.
One of my favourites, it looks like a scapula or back wing bone.
One of the best bits is seeing how the artist worked in the studio space available. And noticing the tools and acoutrements needed to produce such work.
I love the play on this photo, the black fuzzy dot is actually a garden spider in the middle of it's web! who knows where our influences ans inspirations come from in art or poetry. They are all around us.
This principal, Mr. Hugh Pollard, did another deal for his college...he heard that John Bratby's "Crucifixion" which had been intended for some church, was going cheap as they had refused to take it. so there it hung in the chapel at the college!
A great start for a budding artist to see these pieces of English art every day .