Mayfair based contemporary sculpture gallery Hignell Gallery will be showcasing The Cactus House – an installation of sculptor Ben Russell’s striking marble and alabaster cacti. Curated by director Abby Hignell, The Cactus House presents Russell’s hand-carved sculptures, set against an immersive display of greenery designed by Conservatory Archives. Coinciding with The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the exhibition takes place from the 11 May and 3 July, 2017.
Ben Russell, Sculptor said: “The Cactus House will be a showcase of over three months of carving to explore the unique and unusual forms of various cacti. I am approaching each block of stone with only a vague notion of what I wish to capture and feel that this has allowed each piece to emerge in an organic and natural way. The idea came to me when I noticed the beautiful way in which light penetrates through the flesh of certain cacti and succulents. I set out to capture this using semi translucent stones which in sunlight come alive with a warm glow unveiling the veining within.”