The sculptures in the Tree Garden at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage are the result of a project that commissioned six art students from the United Kingdom and the United States to create new works of art inspired by Shakespeare. This project was comissioned specifically for this site.
In the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s collections, we have a number of the documents created by the students that chart their involvement in the process, from their original concepts through to creating their finished sculptures.
In this video, I look at a couple of really interesting documents that detail, with photographs, the physical process of how a bronze sculpture is made. They relate to the sculptures Hamlet: What wilt thou do for her? by Michele Firpo-Cappiello and King Lear by Eve Pomerantz.
The Tree Garden sculpture project was funded by the Newington Cropsey Foundation and the American Friends of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. The sculptures were unveiled by James Butler R.A. on 28th July 2001. Find details about how to visit Anne Hathaway's Cottage to see the sculptures in person.