Catalpa Beans

Following a residency at Hannah Peschar Sculpture Gardens, Surrey, Lee used fragrant catalpa wood donated by her hosts to create a new style of outdoor sculpture, inspired by the hanging forms of weeping willow.

First creation:

2018

Catalpa Beans

Following a residency at Hannah Peschar Sculpture Gardens, Surrey, Lee used fragrant catalpa wood donated by her hosts to create a new style of outdoor sculpture, inspired by the hanging forms of weeping willow.

First creation:

2018

Furthering the concept of the Weeping Willow hangings Lee used the storm damaged branches to create long dangling, mirrored beans of wood.

“I absolutely love catalpa wood, it smells amazing,” says Lee, “So it’s a real joy to work with. We created three hangings that gently rotate in the winds and pick up the surrounding environment.”

Cutting the width following the same line as the beans, exaggerating the scale, Lee also used her signature approach to fit mirror to the slanted surfaces on the timber, creating a peaceful effect which subtly reflects the beans’ surroundings.

Collaborators:

Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden

Commission type:

Artist’s own

Photography:

Courtesy of Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden