If you love all things Cacti then you must visit The Cactus House. Opening today at the Hignell Gallery in Mayfair the exhibition is a collaboration between sculptor Ben Russell and indoor gardening specialists Conservatory Archives, which will see the gallery filled with an immersive installation of greenery as a backdrop to Ben’s marble, alabaster and onyx sculptural cacti.
Coinciding with The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the exhibition takes place from the 11 May and 3 July, 2017.
Whilst working at his leafy Dorset studio, heritage conservator and sculptor Ben Russell found inspiration in the unique way that light passes through the flesh of a cactus. Having long been influenced by nature and organic forms, Russell works with the translucent properties of alabaster to recreate the effect in sculptural form.
Russell has expanded his collection to reflect the variety within the cactus family. New materials such as Portland limestone and Onyx stone allow him to produce a range of shapes and textures. His method is a painstaking process of sanding and polishing, resulting in a luminous sheen to the surface of the stone