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Hillier Gardens, Hampshire

StorkI don't have the patience for wildlife photography - which is why I'm very grateful to the Hillier Gardens, between Romsey and Winchester, for having an "Art in the Garden" exhibition on at the moment. ReedsLisa and I visited on Saturday - a pure co-incidence, as we set out for an impulsive day-and-a-bit away after some fairly intensive work schedules, and with the knowledge that - contrary to the rest of the world which seems to be slowing down - we're speeding up!

Some 130 works of art are spread around the arboretum, and I find myself spoilt for choice in which to show you. Both the samples I've chosen today are clearly representational of nature and wildlife - but there are plenty of geometric shapes and other more abstract clevernesses too. Whether these are art or whimsy, I question ...


PointerThere's a great temptation to explain comedy, but I think many of the people who see this picture will "get it" straight away, and most of the rest will enjoy thinking about it.


Rocking HorseThis one struck me as a tautology (I hope I have that word right!) with the same point being made twice.


GundogLisa surprised me with this one - apparently the term it represents isn't in common use in the USA; ah - but we're less than a month from the "Glorious 12th"


Cat FishAnd the last two are nothing at all to do with the animal in who's outline the second shape is cut, but I still enjoyed the wordplay.


Llama (Lava) LampVery much '60s. Will the younger generation get this one?





And just in case you need to know ...

Pointer, Rocking Horse, Gun Dog, Catfish and Lava Lamp
(written 2008-07-20, updated 2008-07-23)

 
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