The Manolo Valdés' Ivy is installed on the grounds of Chatsworth House.
DERBYSHIRE, ENGLAND - It has been a busy and productive (if somewhat wet) week in the gardens of Chatsworth, where we are busy installing the monumental works of Beyond Limits, the estate's annual selling exhibition. We've mounted another three sculptures, bringing our total to 11, plus six deliveries, leaving just two sculptures to come. While it is always difficult to choose highlights, I have selected three key events that have shaped the past week.
1. Ivy: The installation of this spectacular sculpture by Manolo Valdés, which is now enjoying pride of place at the base of the cascade fountain.
2. The Lens: The delivery and installation of this stunning work by Unus Safardiar, an artist who we are presenting for the first time here, is another high point. Made of acrylic, the work is reminiscent of an ice sculpture, with a surface polished to perfection, allowing the viewer to gaze into the sculpture and beyond, through the translucent material and into the garden.
Manolo Valdés' Ivy is installed on the grounds of Chatsworth House.
3. Pavilion. Thomas Heatherwick’s work looks fantastic and already at home in the grounds, enjoying views of Chatsworth House and the Derbyshire hills in the background.
Over the next week we look forward to installing the sculptures, which have arrived on site in the last few days. Works by Marc Quinn, Jaume Plensa and Mario Merz are amongst those due to take their place in the exhibition. The assembly of Mario Merz's Igloo Ticino, with its myriad stone slabs, will be a particularly exciting challenge.