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Last Updated: Sunday, 6 July, 2003, 08:46 GMT 09:46 UK
Artists help garden bloom
Richard Harris
Richard Harris of Builth Wells is one of 11 artists taking part
A mid Wales artist has beaten off world-wide competition to have his work showcased at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

Organisers of the Explorations 2003 open-air exhibition looked to all four corners of the globe for artists to take part.

11 people were eventually chosen from a shortlist of 220 to create works of art that will now be on show for the rest of the summer.

Richard Harris of Builth Wells has created an earthwork sculpture which has transformed the entrance to the garden's shop and gallery.

This exhibition is a unique combination of arts, architecture and the landscape
Geraint Talfan Davies

And by using a complex system of pipes to keep the turf irrigated the grass will continue to grow during the course of the event.

Middleton, the new name for the garden, together with Artworks Wales are jointly responsible for the exhibition.

It is part of a drive to broaden the appeal of the £43m Lottery funded tourist attraction at Llanarthne in Carmarthenshire.

Middleton's arts manager Siān Griffiths said: "This is part of our commitment and enthusiasm for the ongoing development of the arts for the Garden and for Wales.

"This is a demonstration of how visual arts does not have to be confined to the four walls of a gallery but can be open and accessible to all.

"These artworks, while inspired by the landscape and architecture of Middleton, can stand alone as important pieces of work for each of the artists involved.

Earthwork sculpture
The sculpture has transformed the entrance to the shop and gallery

"I hope visitors to Middleton come away with a sense of having been stimulated by the works."

Other artists taking part come from a variety of towns and cities including Seattle, Edinburgh and nearby Swansea.

The exhibition was officially opened by the chairman of the Arts Council of Wales Geraint Talfan Davies.

He said: "This exhibition is a unique combination of arts, architecture and the landscape.

"I hope as many people as possible have the opportunity to experience at first hand these thought-provoking works."

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