The Limes: Outdoor Sculptures

'Seeds of the Garden of my Mind,' sculpture by Steve Geliot in the communal gardens of the Limes. St James' Hospital, Portsmouth. Photo by Steve Geliot.In 2009 Willis Newson was appointed by Portsmouth Primary Care Trust to commission public art for The Limes, a new 36-bed unit providing mental health services to older adults at St. James' Hospital, Portsmouth.

The Limes is named after a mature lime tree in the main garden of the unit and all the commissioned works were influenced by the tree in some way. Four artists were commissioned by Willis Newson to create art for the external spaces which would give the new unit a sense of place and a clear identity, as well as enhancing the landscaping.

Ben Barrell created two large welcoming artworks for the main entrance and the nearby car park. Steve Geliot’s steel pieces enhance garden spaces used communally by all wards. Alyosha Moeran and Guy Stevens created stone sculptures for other garden areas.

Further images of this project can be seen on Flickr, as well as other arts and health projects.