Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Outdoor sculpture exhibition at Chatsworth

A couple of weeks ago I went to see the beyond limits sculpture show at Chatsworth in Derbyshire. It's become an annual show of outdoor sculpture in association with Sotheby's who are trying to sell them to those lucky millionaires out there. Here's Yue Minjun's 'Contemporary Terracotta Warriors' installed in the cascade looking fab; Ron Arad's 'Rod Gomli' chair with an imprint of a person upside down; Eduardo Chillida's 'Gurutzeak I' (my favourite) and David Breuer Weil's 'Visitor' head coming out of a lake which disapointed a little.
Autumn had arrived with gorgeous colours, leaves falling and still some dahlias blooming. Here's Eve by Richard Hudson in which you could see your reflection in about 6 different surfaces at once, fun and it made you interact with the other visitors at the same time.
Richard Long's slate pathway is in Chatsworth's permanent collection, positioned perfectly by the canal pond, shame you couldn't walk on it though, why get precious about it, it's a natural material. Another of my favourites was 'Why does strange fruit always look so sweet' by Johan Creten' an old statue covered in black globules.
Zabok Ben-David's 'Leftover' and 'You Again' were beautiful, installed in the right place and really difficult to draw!
Ron Arad's 'Ping Pong' was exquisite and I didn't even recognise it as a ping pong table till someone pointed it out to me, even the name didn't give it away, I saw the person on the end flying with wings, that's what's great about art, it doesn't always have to mean what the artist or curator or what the person next to you sees, you get to choose how you see it.

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