Since 2015 Langmoor and Lister Gardens has been the setting for a public outdoor installation of contemporary sculptures. While exploring the gardens, in amongst the woodland, lawns and flower borders, you will come across several interesting pieces of art. The sculptures are selected each year from established and upcoming artists from across Dorset and are chosen to represent a cross-section of the visual arts encompassing different materials and styles.
Funded by the Town Council and managed by The Arts Development Company, the Lyme Regis Sculpture Trail is intended to enhance the natural beauty of the gardens and wider landscape through providing a creative experience for visitors.
‘The Air We Breathe’ by Brendon Murless was one of the sculptures featured. Made of steel and patinated copper, it shows a tree with clear structural similarities between human lungs and tree branches.
Brendon commented: ‘It has an environmental message highlighting the importance of trees for air and life. I am really pleased it was selected because I’m interested in exploring ways to get my work into public art settings.’ Brendon is based at Brown’s Farm workshops in Nettlecombe near Bridport.
Situated on the grass adjacent to Hix Oyster and Fish House restaurant is the ‘Juggler, by Clare Trenchard who commented “This playful sculpture was inspired by the acrobats performing in Covent Garden, London. My work concentrates on capturing the strength, power and movement of animals. It is the essence of the animal that interests me.”