Pebble Leaf (1985) A simple looking sculpture made from Ancaster Stone. As you approach from a distance it looks like a boulder, at the side of the road, but as you get closer, you can see feint leaf looking raised veins carved in the stone.
Paul Mason (23 June 1952 – 9 May 2006) was a British sculptor and artist who worked mainly in stone and marble. Winner of the Royal Academy Gold Medal in 1976, his work has been exhibited in the United Kingdom and Europe, including the Tate Gallery, St Ives and the Bauhaus Kunst-Archiv in Berlin.
He is known for his exterior sculptures, dubbed "iconic stone carved pieces that are large scale interpretations of natural form", but he also painted, drew, created collages and made smaller sculptures.
Of his works, Mason said:
My works attempt to recognise and emulate the natural forces inherent in both carving and the geology. There is something deeply attractive and satisfying about the sculptural processes on both scales, and the dialogue between them that occurs quite naturally within the fragment and the whole.
Pebble Leaf can be seen close to the ‘House of Four Seasons’ to the rear of the Orangery.