The Cactus House exhibition

Coinciding with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, The Catus House exhibition is a collection of carved marble and alabaster sculptures, ideally suited to interior spaces, all placed against a backdrop of indoor plants by botanical designers Conservatory Archives, creating a striking display of greenery.

Russell, a trained stone carver, is showcasing his new pieces in his first solo exhibition with Hignell Gallery in Mayfair, London. Having long been influenced by nature and organic forms, Russell found inspiration in the unique way that light passes through the flesh of a cactus. He recreates this effect in sculptural form by working with the translucent properties of alabaster. Russell says: ‘The Cactus House will be a showcase of over three months of carving to explore the unique and unusual forms of various cacti.’

Hignell Gallery director, Abby Hignell, adds: ‘This installation explores nature in art and art in nature. Ben Russell’s love and knowledge of stone is really celebrated in the endless variety of cactus shapes. The different stones which he has skilfully hand carved — alabaster, travertine, onyx, Italian marble, portland limestone, are each as unique as the plants themselves.’

Words: Olivia Heath, Photography: Pares Tailor

The Cactus House exhibition takes place from the 11 May until 3 July 2017 at Hignell Gallery

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