Now that is what I call at statue…just one of many traditional Greek/Roman style crafted carvings that decorate the gardens of Chatsworth House.
But right now they are having to share the garden with Sculptures and Art Installations of a very different style…..
Sculptor Fernando Botero and his contribution called Donna Sdraiata is one of the more appealing of the exhibits in this years Sothebys Selling Exhibition in the gardens of Chatsworth. It is indeed fine surroundings to display all types of works of art, it has the space, and this special location adds to the experience and sets off well many of the exhibits.
The Installations range in size from modest to EXTRA large, the largest exhibit very much needing the space that gardens like Chatsworth can provide. This one is called Lilai and is by Zaha Hadid and as you can judge for yourselves it very much needs the space.
I am told that as the sun goes down Lilai is illuminated to provide an even more dramatic display.
A much more simple piece that seemed to catch people’s imagination is more recognisable…it is by Richard Hudson. He has named it Tear..
Two of several quirky exhibits are Der Gurk by Erwin Wurm and Black Beast by Lynn Chadwick
Humorous certainly…and whilst the Gherkin is much smaller than its namesake landmark on the London skyline it still somewhat larger than pickled variety….as for the Black Beast to me it is more like a Stealth Cow! Fun pieces.
Not only would you need a large garden but also a large lake to display Bruce Munro’s water feature Time and Again and features a number of sundial discs floating like lilly pads.
The Exhibition is called Beyond Limits and for the most part, for philistine like me, it certainly was. Not that I was ever in the market to purchase any one of these art pieces….my pockets are not that deep, you would need very very deep pockets. Chatsworth hosts a Sotheby’s Exhibition each Autumn….I do look forward to them but this year I came away very disappointed. In past years there have been pieces that had no appeal for me but I could still admire the skill, craft and thought process of the artist/sculptor that created them.
Lets just say, that this year I have selected just a few exhibits that I like enough to share. But don’t take my word, I am no expert, go see for yourself..you have until the 30th October.
Aristide Maillol…..La Montagne
(C) David Oakes 2016
Since posting this page this morning I have had the privilege of seeing some more VERY different pieces of Art in our local woods…..well worth clicking this link to view
You maybe surprised but not I think dissapointed.