By Jemima Laing
Local schools and colleges helped paint the stakes
"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." So said William Morris, but he didn't mention gardens.
So what would he have made of a new exhibition at RHS Rosemoor in north Devon inspired by his work?
The ambitious new creations by artist Tim Martin are also inspired by the sites in which they are located.
He worked with a number of local schools and colleges to create the large multi-stake sculptural works.
They tie in with the Arts and Crafts designs of Morris, whose original works are currently forming a major exhibition at Rosemoor.
The works also make visual links between RHS Garden Rosemoor, the unique Torrington Common lands and the town itself.
He needed to paint more than 1,000 tall garden stakes and worked with teachers and hundreds of children from schools including Torrington Community and Junior School, Braunton School and Community College and Marland School.
They form four large landscape sculptures, each of which, when viewed from a specific point, offers a special interpretation of its location.
Moving between the formal and landscape gardens at Rosemoor visitors will be met by a meadowed field of 400 William Morris-inspired designs.
But as they pass by and look back they become a single vibrant colour complementing the meadow flowers in which they sit.
"Standing in the gazebo, above the large arboretum at Rosemoor visitors will encounter a reconnection with Great Torrington," explained Heather Eales from RHS Rosemoor.
"A line of stakes lead the eye across the arboretum, up the trunk of a young silver birch through a gap in the trees, to a further landscape sculpture on Torrington Common and on to the town church beyond."
On Saturday 10 July 2010 at 11am, the artist will be giving a guided walk and talk around the sculptures at Rosemoor.
Free places can be booked by contacting The Plough Arts Centre Box Office on 01805 624624.
The exhibition is supported by an award from Arts Council of England.
Through the Garden - until 29 August 2010