Gardd Fotaneg Genedlaethol CymruNational Botanic Garden of WalesNational Botanic Garden of Wales

Art at the Garden

We have some stunning outdoor sculptures by internationally renowned artists.

At the Gatehouse is ‘Thirty Three Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety Eight’ ‘by Marion Kalmus, a huge inverted cone of glassy sheets, where running water continually cascades down the inner side, illuminated by up-lighting. Its simple beauty presents a stark warning to us all – etched onto the glass is the number of plant species threatened by extinction in the year 2000.

Moving up the Broadwalk is ‘Scaladaqua Tonda’, created by William Pye. The name of this water sculpture means ‘curving water steps’. Both this and Marion Klamus’ sculpture were commissioned with funds kindly donated by The Derek Williams Trust.

Running down the Broadwalk from the charming Mirror Pool is a curving ‘Rill’. Its shape was inspired by the meandering path taken by the River Tywi, which flows just north of the Garden. Alongside this is ‘Osmunda – Living Fossil’ by Glenn Morris, a sculpture made from Kilkenny Limestone, and originally exhibited in Sculpture Cymru’s Barcode Sculpture exhibition in 2015.

Over on Paxton’s View, ‘Pi’ by Rawleigh Clay is positioned in such a way as to create a viewing circle of Paxton’s Tower. ‘Pi’ was been kindly donated to the Garden by the Contemporary Arts Society for Wales.

Just below, in our Wild Garden, is ‘Tarw’ the Welsh Black bull, by Sally Matthews.  This sculpture was commissioned for the National Botanic Garden of Wales by the Contemporary Arts Society for Wales (CASW).

You will also find some great indoor artworks in our Oriel Yr Ardd gallery where we have a rolling programme of exhibitions inspired by the natural world.

If you’d like to create some art here yourself, take a look at our Day Courses programme to see if we are running any art-based courses which might suit you.