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Driftwood Horse head in Heather Jansch's workshop


New horse head 'Majesty' nearing completion in the workshop.  Jansch's large horse heads salute both the contemporary work of Nic Fiddian-Green’s sculpture and the unknown sculptor of the original Selene horse head from The Parthenon that inspired them both as students visiting The British Museum.  The driftwood for this large head contained a piece of ivy that had become tangled with heaps of kelp ripped from the ocean floor during the recent storms, it was almost entirely hidden high up on the beach stranded by exceptionally high tides and coastal surges. 

Traditionally placed either side of an entrance, sculpture makes an impressive statement.  A pair of large contemporary horse heads is a wonderful way to introduce drama into an interior or small formal garden or courtyard.  

The gallery floor is made from recycled hardwood from a squash court. 


Heather Jansch’s name had already became internationally synonymous with driftwood horses three decades ago.  Her small early works, often incorporating copper and other material, sold worldwide and were perfect for tabletops. By the year 2000 the demand for her life size horses and floor sculpture was increasing rapidly and the massive exposure following success of the Eden Project in Cornwall ensured her place as Doyen of British driftwood sculpture.  Galleries reported that her driftwood sculptures' public appeal was without precedent.  


 Floor standing ivy


The polished floor contrasts with naturally bleached ivy from the local woodland.


After an interval of some six or seven years during which time she concentrated on life-size pieces, she has returned with fresh eyes to small sculpture for interiors after winter storms brought plentiful small pieces of driftwood onto the local beache. This time she has incorporated bronze with driftwood originals.  New floor and tabletop sculptures appear in her private driftwood gallery at the sculpture garden each few weeks before going to her Dartmoor Gallery NUMBER TWELVE in Ashburton which specialises in small sculptures for interiors, making it the most photographed shopfront in the town cetre.  It opens on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the year. 


Jansch is an artist whose work is constantly evolving; apart from her driftwood work, her sculpture garden allows room to experiment with differing forms of contemporary garden art and modern landscape designs, it makes a wonderfully relaxing and stimulating day out for the family in superb Devon countryside, a chance to see world famous sculpture in the place where it was made and work in progress before it leaves for foreign shores.


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