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15 Sep 2020

Animal willow sculptures on display at Priorwood Garden

Written by John Baxter, Visitor Services Manager
Willow sculpture of two stags engaging their antlers, on display in a garden under a blue sky.
Stags rutting at Priorwood Garden, by Anna Turnbull
Visitors to Priorwood Garden will notice something different about the garden if they visit before the end of October. Willow sculptures of battling stags, hares, deer, a fox, two swallows and a pony, all created by artist Anna Turnbull, are on display in the woodland garden and orchard.

Anna’s wonderful work is inspired by the rural landscape in which she lives and works – the wildlife, organic forms, rich colours and textures of nature. She grows a variety of willows, using this and other locally grown materials in her work.

Her willow sculptures start with drawings, observations of movement, shapes, forms, the flow of muscles, directions, lines and tensions.

Willow sculpture of a pony in an orchard.

Her willow sculptures start with drawings, observations of movement, shapes, forms, the flow of muscles, directions, lines and tensions.

Her husband Richard constructs a metal skeleton as a starting point for the weaving, to give strength and extend the life of the piece in an outdoor environment.

Anna then weaves the willow in bundles, creating lines which echo the contours of the muscles of the body, gradually building up the sculpture.

Enjoy a visit to Priorwood Garden this autumn and see these stunning sculptures for yourself.

Willow sculpture of a deer in a grassy orchard.

All of Anna’s work is for sale and bespoke pieces can also be commissioned.

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