Wisley Unveils Vegetable Inspired Sculptures

Published on March 5th 2020
A statue of a person
The RHS Wisley Gardens have revealed their flagship sculpture exhibitions inspired by 16th-century paintings.
The Four Seasons, a collection of larger-than-life busts by contemporary American sculptor and filmmaker Philip Haas, will go on display at RHS Garden Wisley this spring for its major 2020 art exhibition.
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Visitors at Wisley could have already seen smaller versions of these sculptures, which were displayed at the Welcome Building. The new, 15 feet tall fibreglass versions will allow visitors to view the interpretations of Renaissance paintings created by Italian artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo in the late 16th century in full detail.
A pile of fruit
The exquisitely detailed pieces imagine Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter in human form, rendered in exuberant and thought-provoking arrangements of seasonal fruit, vegetables, flowers and crops.
“The maquettes were hugely popular with people of all ages – how could you fail to be enchanted by this verdant vision of Spring, or caught in Winter’s unflinching gaze?” says Matthew Pottage.
“Naturally we were delighted for the opportunity to showcase the full-size artworks in the garden and we know our visitors will be just as excited to experience them as Philip Haas intended. Wisley’s unique landscapes offer exciting new ways to view the works, and the sculpture will take on a different character as the garden moves through the seasons.”
Philip Haas says: “I embarked upon the Four Seasons project wanting to re-contextualize Arcimboldo’s 16th-century nature imagery within the 21st-century physical world, through changes in scale, material and dimensionality. With the exhibition taking place at Wisley 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.”
It will be open between the 9th of March and 30th of September and is included in the Wisley Garden entry ticket.
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