“For me it is a given that we are, as human, part of the big picture. No hierarchy - everything in nature has equal value. In my sculptures, forms of the human body naturally take shape in vegetal organic form.”

Dutch sculptor Riëlle Beekmans explores the relationship between humans and the natural world - often using body parts to mimmic natural forms. Hundreds of lips become budding flowers, pointed tongues become seductive cacti, her own face becomes the individual drupalets of a raspberry…..

The possibilities are endless, comical and sometimes a little unsettling

“Last year I was here for the first time and I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the garden. What a beautiful place to live and work. Absolutely a fairy tale. Especially for the Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden I made small tree spirits. Small happy clay creatures. Made from my kiss, a symbol of love. The antlers are made from clay pinches and the wings also come from the shape of my hands.”

Time-lapse of Riëlle Beekmans installing 'Kusjes' in March 2018 at The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden.

Kusjes - on display summer 2018

Nestled on the lush mossy banks of the Sculpture Walk is a new sculptural installation, but one would be forgiven for thinking that a new species of fungi had taken over. After all, the Sculpture Garden is home to fantastic and unusual flora from across the globe - so why wouldn't we have some rare and bizarre new genus growing amongst the trees. On closer inspection, however, visitors are surprised with a field of porcelain lips -- or kisses -- by Dutch artist Riëlle Beekmans 

Kusjes (Kisses) at The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden encompasses over one thousand individual porcelain sculptures that form the final installation. Inspired by a sprinkling of spring flowers, Kusjes acts as a reminder of the joy nature it can give us, as well as bringing a light and playful sense of humour to the garden.