2012 was a fantastic year for the UK with both the Queens Diamond Jubilee and London hosting the Olympic and the Paralympic games. It was also the year that I submitted to the World Wide Panorama a view of a new sculpture that had been commissioned to commemorate the Queen's Jubilee as my "Best Of 2012".
Now 5 years on and another amazing galvanised steel sculpture has been erected in Malvern called “Lark Ascending”, again created by the artist Walenty Pytel. As the name suggests it's still on the theme of birds but where previously the subject was a couple of soaring buzzards this time it's a single skylark flying above a leafy branch. It's situated further into Rose Bank Gardens, past the buzzards (if you spin around so you're looking away from the Skylark you can see the buzzards in the distance by the benches). It is hoped that this newer sculpture will encourage people to explore further into the gardens and not just as far as the first sculpture.
The gardens themselves are one of those little tucked away gems that are so easily missed when visiting Malvern. The main road sweeps past providing only a couple access points, but once inside panoramic views of the Priory, the centre of Malvern and the valley itself are there to be enjoyed. On a summer's day it's a fantastic place to while away the hours and maybe spend a little time enjoying the two sculptures.
Rose Bank Gardens