Giant animals move in

You’re sure of a big surprise this summer as a horde of giant iron animals takes up residence at Borde Hill.

Wednesday, 24th August 2011, 7:17 am

Until September 11, Brighton-based blacksmiths Anvil Ironworks will be displaying examples of contemporary and traditional works throughout Borde Hill Garden.

Spokesman Sam Bryant said: “The steel and copper sculptures will be displayed around the garden, popping up in unexpected places to bring thrills and excitement while families enjoy the panoramic parkland, magical woods and formal garden of this historic attraction.

“Watch out for the 2m diameter wolf spider ready to pounce on its prey, the large chameleon, perhaps a peacock or two, a dragonfly, and the crocodile lurking in one of the lakes ready to snap up an unwary wildebeest by the water’s edge.

“There’s a host of oversize plant life coming in too – colourful red hot pokers, pom-pom alliums and other border varieties that will add vibrancy to any planting.”

Paul Wells of Anvil Ironworks, which has fashioned the steel and copper animals and plants at its Brighton works from recycled parts such as old tanks, rivets and pipes, said: “We like to challenge people. Children love scary things and our animals always prove a big hit with them.”

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