Surprising and fun, the statues show animal shapes and silhouettes; they inhabit the gardens while echoing the pruned, trimmed and clipped plants.
Assembled from greenery, carved from wood, shaped from stone, set in terracotta or indeed engraved in metal, the "friendly animal" discovered on rounding a pathway corner generates surprise.
These pieces, of all shapes and sizes, play a good-humoured part in laying out the garden as a living space.
"My sculptures belong there without lapsing into ostentation, I like the animals presented in their many forms as they fit completely naturally into the garden, in perfect keeping with those pruned and trimmed plants around them"...
The plant-life counterpoint, attractive, elegant, sometimes solemn, ever-present, the forms produced by the topiarist's art dictate the garden's structure and emphasise contrasts.
The free habit garden is accordingly magnified and the interplay between light and shadow intensified.
Sculpture viewed as the direct connection between nature and buildings.