Yesterday we opened our stand at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016. Phew. It was a big push to get ready! From finishing and casting my sculptures in bronze, to personally loading them up in the lorry and getting all 30 of them here on time. I have been coming to the Chelsea Flower Show since 2009 and I love it. It gets me out of the studio and into direct contact with so many of my collectors. And it gives me the perfect opportunity to meet more. Chelsea also demonstrates beautifully how the art of the garden really brings my bronzes to life.
The outdoors inspires so much of my work. Seeing animals move through their natural habitat is what inspires my sculptures. When I create life-size works in bronze, in particular my roe deer, woodcock and otters, I am making them with the garden in mind. There is something really exciting about seeing my sculptures out in the landscape – especially over time as their patina can adapt in beautiful and unexpected ways.
This year the Hamish Mackie stand for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (RHW/366) has been designed and built by Rachael White Designs. Her brief was to incorporate a sense of perspective that suited the location of a sculpture within the landscape. From the visual concept through to the planting plan, her team has been first class. Their ability to respond to my sculptures has created the perfect showcase for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Thank you!
Keep an eye on our Facebook page Hamish Mackie Sculptures Ltd for some great photos and a few short videos of us at the Chelsea Flower Show. All sorts of exciting visitors have visited the stand. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge dropped by, as well as one or two rock stars! The atmosphere is fantastic, and so far the weather has been really kind. There really is nothing better than an English garden on a sunny spring day. All my bronze wildlife sculptures look perfectly at home.
I love seeing how a thoughtfully planted garden can bring my bronze wildlife sculptures to life. A bit like the Murdoch Wickham landscaping that was created for my six bronze horses at Goodman’s Fields. (Incidentally, the Andalusian Stallion we showed last year at RHS Chelsea Flower Show is now on display at Blenheim Palace.)
If you are coming to Chelsea, make sure you stop by our stand (RHW/366) and see the sculptures for yourself. I will be there to greet you in person and look forward to seeing old and new friends.