welcome to the third millennium

Broomhill Sculpture Gardens, Barnstable, North Devon — 9 August 2006

‘It is not hard to understand modern art. If it hangs on a wall it’s a painting, and if you can walk around it it’s a sculpture’


— Tom Stoppard, playwright

Broomhill lies in one of the most glorious valleys in North Devon surrounded by hundreds of acres of woodland and bound by its own stream. 300 sculptures by over 60 sculptors are sited in 10 acres of garden that present a wonderful balance between art and nature.’

So there you go. And there, to Broomhill Sculpture Gardens, I went in the summer of 2006, prior to visiting Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park, truly a unique combination of cultural destinations.

The work above is entitled The Warrior from an installation called Welcome to the Third Millennium by Mike Roles, described by the artist as ‘a theatrical black comedy’. It’s well worth going out of your way for, and the setting in Broomhill Sculpture Gardens is spectacular.

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