2017 RHS Chelsea Garden Show: Featuring Bronze Sculptures by Craig Schaffer
The Morgan Stanley Garden is inspired by the fractal geometry and patterns found in nature, music, art and communities. A sinuous path moves through three distinct garden areas, from verdant woodland to a central oak loggia and out onto a sun-drenched terrace.
Craig Schaffer was born in 1949 and received his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz and his M.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, Craig maintains two studios: one in Washington, DC and the other in Pietrasanta, Italy. Craig has completed public commissions for the Princeton Institute for Advanced Studies, the Mathematical Association of America, Brown Tower Mathematics Building at Ohio State University, Baptist Hospital Desoto in Memphis, the Hualien Cultural Center in Taiwan, the Leo Yassenoff Jewish Community Center in Columbus, and the Robins Center for Philanthropy.
Craig’s latest series is based on fractals, which are the infinitely repetitive building blocks of all elements of life. In his sculptures, Craig explores the shapes created by the stems and leaves of plants as they reach for the light, the convoluted unfurling of clouds, the formation and fracturing of mountains, and the jaggedness of the coastline as it kisses the sea. Real life is non-linear and reflective, so the spiraled paths carved in our consciousness by these natural processes are mirrored in Craig’s work. His sculptures are dynamic and powerful meditations on the reality of repetition in nature and life.
Craig Schaffer bronze sculptures were featured in the Morgan Stanley Garden at the 2017 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The garden is inspired by the fractal geometry and patterns found in nature, music, art, and communities. A sinuous path moves through three distinct garden areas, from verdant woodland to a central oak loggia and out onto a sun-drenched terrace. The Garden was designed by Chris Beardshaw and won Best Show and the Silver Gilt medal.