Metal Garden Sculptures by Tom Hill & Vadim Kuleshov
Say what you like, but men and women see a different vision of the same decor. And metal landscape sculptures are a nice proof of this fact. But despite their brutal nature, we have to acknowledge that men creating them do have a sense of beauty that not every woman can boast of having.
A good example is a young Englishman, Tom Hill, who is a self-taught sculptor creates unique metal sculptures using ….horseshoes. His first masterpiece appeared practically by accident, as an experiment and a gift to his parents. But afterwards Tom couldn’t say goodbye to this craft.
Now Tom Hill creates life-size sculptures of animals: ducks, horses, camels, hedgehogs, dogs, piglets, turtles – fairy-tale and realistic at the same time. But as far as the sculptor is growing up, his works are growing too: his next plan is to create an 18-meter-high horse from horseshoes. He already tested a giant-size approach in Hatfield House garden, whose mistress, Lady Salisbury, ordered a 9-meter-high arch in the shape of two elephants. And they were entirely composed of horseshoes as well!
One more craftsman known for his fanciful and original metal artworks lives far from England – in the centre of Russia. His name is Vadim Kuleshov and just as his English colleague he became a keen metal sculptor quite accidentally. For many years he was a fan of everything related to landscaping. In fact he was among the pioneers in topiary art in Russia, and in his personal experience had to face the poor choice of materials and tools required for this practice. That’s when he came with an idea of manufacturing topiary frames of his own.
Over time Vadim was surprised to find out that people use his topiary frames for completely different decorative purposes. For instance, as a piece of Christmas décor or a garden lantern with LED lamps. Frankly speaking, very few people are ready to spend years to grow a green sculpture – most of us want to get an attractive garden art piece here and now.
And this special feature of people’s mentality inspired the sculptor to generate an idea, which became the key thing of his business. Vadim’s pieces are decorative as they are, whether they’re full of plants or not. The shapes became more complicated and naturalistic: animals got the eyes, ears and hair. And as plantings gradually develop within the frames, the frames look even more creative and elegant.