Cedar Log V


Created for a commission from the award-winning duo VaRa Garden Design, this collection of garden art works was first shown at the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May 2022, in the wooded Ranelagh Gardens area of the Royal Hospital Gardens, Chelsea, London.

Lee’s technique of creating a cedar frame around a sunken mirror creates illusions of ethereal pools and tilting ponds amongst plants such as Trollius Golden Queen, Heuchera Plum Puddings and Brunnera Jack Frost (in photos at Chelsea). The sculptures pull light into areas of shade and cast intriguing perspectives on the plant life and tree canopies.

These sculptural garden art works are hand made from Deodar (Himalayan) Cedar, sourced sustainably from the English countryside in Kent, and laid with polished mirror steel.



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Deodar Cedar, sourced sustainably from Kent and polished mirror steel



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Original work of art


80 x 50 x 27 cm


Lee Borthwick combines her love of wild landscapes with sensitively gathered materials. Her intuitive approach to fabrication facilitates a tactile, reflective, and poetic experience for the viewer. Assembling organic forms, tree pieces, and timber off-cuts into ordered relationships, often fused with mirror, is a recurring concept within Lee’s practice. Calling to mind the artwork of Andy Goldsworthy and Richard Long, Lee brings the outside in. She places importance on purity by habitually echoing the existing beauty in natural forms, an approach that emerged from time spent living in Finland: the land of lakes, forests and vast, solitary spaces combined with the peace and contemplation she found there is the strand that connects each piece of her work.


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