The World's A Garden

For fashion photographer turned sculptor Marcus Tomlinson, a garden is both his sanctuary and a space that needs to be protected and nurtured collectively…




A ‘hole-and-corner’ is an old English term meaning a secret place: somewhere you go to escape the world, to be inspired and to contemplate and create. Where is your ‘hole-and-corner’?
A garden.

Can you explain why it is so special to you?
Gardens are unique in that – to some degree – they’ve always been cared for. Whether public or private, a multitude of people co-operate in their success, day in, day out. It represents, for me, what the world could be if we collectively took care of our garden – Planet Earth. Unfortunately, we find it hard to see the planet’s state as our responsibility, as our collective consciousness is so preoccupied with our busy, runaround lives. This means that even when we are fighting to protect it, we're too late because it requires all the gardeners of the world to pitch in.

Is it important to you to have somewhere to escape from the hustle and bustle of life? 
Yes, everyone needs to find a sanctuary for the mind. 

What do you like to listen to when you’re working?
It's hard to chainsaw with music…!

What elements do you think make a perfect ‘hole-and-corner’?
Being alone in nature. 

Is it private to you or do you let other people visit?
This varies with my mood; generally I like to shape and do the early cuts for my sculptures alone – feel where the piece is going. Workers join me as the piece progresses and visitors are always welcome to see the stages I’m at.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
To believe in yourself. Also, don’t say anything until you know what you are really saying. That’s why leaving Europe wasn’t the right time. Not enough people really understood what they were doing.