May 13, 2010

Bill and Elisabeth Charge, The Watford Shell garden

pictures (around 1995) courtesy of Julia Elmore

Bill Charge (1906-1987) was a baker from Watford in England (United Kingdom). Around 1981, when he was at age 75 and retired, he and his wife Elisabeth began transforming the garden of their house into a shell decorated sculpture garden.

The couple decorated ornaments with shells and made sculptures by modelling these from concrete or by just covering dolls with plaster. These sculptures represented personalities like Humpty Dumpty, King Kong, Samson and so on.

It has been reported that the couple created this art environment just to amuse the children in the neighbourhood. Visitors, especially children, were always welcome and invited to come in.

King Kong

After Bill Charge died (in 1987) mrs Charge has continued to maintain the garden, untill she eventually also passed away.

Around 1995 the garden still was extant. The Raw Vision magazine of that time (issue #12) published an article about the site. However, I could not find any report about the garden published in later years.

Using streetview I took a look at the premises, but it seems there's nothing left that reminds of Bill and Liz' creative activities.

Currently children amuse themselves in another way, won't they?

Bill and Elisabeth Charge
Watford Shell Garden
Gammons Lane
Watford, London area, England, UK
no longer extant

1 comment:

  1. Ув. Хенк спасибо. Дети и пожилые всегда будут одинаковые.Главное чтобы взрослые организовали нужный уход за арт средой. Спасибо!