Sculpture parks: where Art meets Nature

These parks take the symbiotic relation between nature and art to a new level

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By Asmita Sarkar

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Sculpture is a representation: sometimes presented as a person and sometimes as a beautiful abstract form. Some public sculptures are so striking that their background could have only been inspired by mother nature. In earlier times, decorative statues of marble and stone used to adorn parks and gardens, but in modern times, highly innovative sculptures are the centre pieces around which the surrounding garden is focused.

A few very special parks around the world take the symbiotic relation between nature and art to a new level. These site-specific sculptures that are sometimes made of living elements challenge our perception of art.

It goes without saying that ever changing nature adds new dimensions to these pieces. Imagine observing sculptures covered in snow, glistening in sunlight in the winter, and seeing them in a background of lush green forest in the summer.

China’s Changchun World Sculpture Park is a little known jewel lying close to the Chinese city of Changchun, northwest of Beijing. This park contains more than a few of impressive modern sculptures from all over the world, making it a veritable international spot.

These wonderful evocative sculptures complement the background, which consists of a dull industrial cityscape. They have artists from all over the world from countries such as Uruguay, Ghana, United States, and China. This sculpture park is not explicitly concerned with ecology, but trees and rivers in contrast with the landscape dominated by geometric and concrete structure is meant to give you a feeling of unease thinking about the future of this rapidly developing city (and of many other Chinese cities).

A stark contrast to this park is one of the most recognized sculpture parks in the word, at least within the artistic circle. Yorkshire Sculpture Park, winner of the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2014, is a must-see museum. In this park, traditionally made stone or metal shares the space with new forms of conceptual sculptures that uses living trees, wind, water, and fabric. For example: Yinka Shonibare’s sculpture consists of strategically placed pieces of fabric that flow in the wind. What can be a better example of a symbiosis between art and nature?

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The Chianti Sculpture Park is situated in Tuscany, one of the most attractive landscapes in the world. A selection of beautiful sculptures made by artists from all over the word is displayed here. What makes this sculpture park unique is the ethereal beauty of the romantic hilly landscape laced with olive trees and vineyard. Piero Giadrossi, the founder of this Park, has travelled extensively and decided to put up a permanent collection.