ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS, KEW
Home to some of the most extraordinary plants on the planet.
A WINDY DAY AT KEW
We took a trip to the wonderful gardens at Kew at the end of September. The humid tropical climate of the Palm House and the plants of the rain forest were a reminder that we're dependent on these plants.
Our visit also included Kew Palace which became a much loved royal home for King George III and Queen Charlotte. Built in 1631 by a London merchant on the banks of the Thames it soon became the favoured home for the monach who loved its location and vistas. It was the retreat kept for George III's dark period through his so-called 'madness', and where some horrific treatments were administered.
Erica and I arrived with the hope of dry weather, and we got it. The highlight of our visit was the outdoor exhibition of twenty eight Henry Moore sculptures, large-scale works and the biggest exhibition ever held in London.
"Every thing, every shape, every bit of natural form, animals, people, pebbles, shells, anything you like, are all things that can help you make a sculpture".
Henry Moore, 1898 - 1986
The wind was ever mindful to establish a hurricane-style blow and provided an opportunity to photograph wayward hair and everything else in its path. Moving around, through and amongst the sculptures was a delight. And at two of his earlier works, 'Knife Edge Two Pieces' and 'Locking Piece' created in the mid 1960's was a re-uniting for me, having studied and admired their precise lines about four decades ago. I remember their introduction into my artistic education while at art school in London, and touching their surfaces again ignited an appreciation caught all those years ago.