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Ivan on the web..

The "Concrete Art Creations" of Ivan Higgins have been the subject of blogs, Twitter, Facebook and other internet publications in recent months. Ivan is listed in Sculptor.org and other high-profile websites. Here are a few links:

Ivan Higgins: Liverpool's Garden Sculptor

The Vine/Carla Allen: Nursery Hopping

Bloomingwriter: The Artist-Gardener of Liverpool

Concrete GUYS!

Spiral Guys (2008)

'Spiral Guys' is a recent addition to the 'outdoor gallery' at Cosby's. Like each art creation, the location for 'Spiral Guys' was carefully chosen to catch just the right amount of light and offer the perfect viewing background for the art piece. Dusk is among the best times to visit the Outdoor Gallery.

Celebrating 34 Years in Business!

In 2011, Cosby's Garden Centre celebrates its 34th year in business. As well as providing the best in plants and gardening supplies, Cosby's also offers a variety of landscaping services for both business and residential clients. Unlike many garden centres in Nova Scotia, Cosby's is open all year around.

Featuring the Art Creations of Sculptor, Ivan Higgins...

Capoeiras (2006)

Meet Nova Scotia sculptor, Ivan Higgins as his eclectic imagination comes to life. Ivan's simply magical and undoubtedly unique concrete creations will not only grab your eye but will capture your soul.

Ivan, an accomplished artist, began sculpting about 10 years ago with his sculptures becoming a natural and powerful extension of his art. His mammoth sculpting projects are a winter tradition at Cosby's. Friends and customers constantly pop in and out of his 'greenhouse' studio in anticipation of watching his musings take shape. It is inspiring to witness his creations acquire form as they evolve from wire and concrete into unparalleled works of art.

'Capoeiras' shown above is one of Ivan's favourite creations as several of the young athletes featured in the five sculptures are drawn from former employees who worked at the garden centre while attending school or university. It is not unusual for Ivan's employees to assist in the development of the initial pencil drawings for his art.

Some of his most notable pieces are works which have been commissioned by private individuals to enhance a prized garden or even to celebrate a life well lived and remembered, as reflected in his beautiful grouping of 'Monks' which Ivan designed and created as a private memorial. Local businesses and even national corporations also have commissioned designs by Ivan which capture an essential
essence or theme, or honour valued employees on the occasion of their retirements as did his 'Mermaid and Falcon'. Displays of Ivan’s art can be found throughout the region, Nova Scotia and beyond.    

However, one doesn’t have to go beyond the Garden Centre itself to admire the depth and scope of his work. Many of Ivan’s creations have found a home scattered throughout the Cosby’s property. Adorning the front of the property looms his 'Mystical Warrior' fountain, while nestled in a bed of heather, 'The Enchanting Castle' waits patiently to be discovered. To wander through the garden centre is to be surrounded by a host of abundantly fragrant blooming trees, shrubs, and flowers all complementing the artistry of Ivan’s sculptures.

Ivan's Outdoor Art Gallery is located at Cosby's Garden Centre, on the beautiful South Shore of Nova Scotia (just outside the town of Liverpool). Be sure to bring your camera!

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