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Sculpture in Tatton Park

02 August 2010

These fantastic sculptures are a part of the Tatton Park Biennial: Framing Identity, in Cheshire, UK. The Biennial features 21 contemporary artists who've created site-specific works for the sprawling estate.

Lily: dozens of giant lily pads created by Steve Messam.

Marcia Farquhar riding her oversized rocking horse across Tatton Park.

A beautiful yet disturbing installation by Kate MccGwire.

I love this description of Kate's work, taken from the Tatton Park website:
Kate MccGwire’s Evacuate works with the historicism of the Mansion, focussing on the ‘behind the scenes’ world of the kitchens. Thousands of locally sourced bird feathers, each taken from a species regularly cooked in the house ovens, are reassembled to create a new, uncanny ‘creature’. Horrifyingly beautiful, the work suggests a new (or perhaps ancient) and menacing presence emanating from the cast iron oven. Coiling, pluming and creeping through the kitchen, the work feels weighty, meaty. The visitor is at once taken by the gorgeousness of the work itself – the assemblage of ‘common’ feathers presented as something completely exotic – and the shame involved in discarding objects of beauty in favour of a perfunctory dinner. 

If you're in the UK, the exhibition runs until the end of September. More info here.

All images from Tatton Park website.