Thomas Heatherwick's Pavilion en route for installation on the grounds of Chatsworth House.
DERBYSHIRE, ENGLAND – Selling exhibitions at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire have become among the most anticipated events on the Sotheby’s sales calendar. This year, the latest edition in a series of sales we call Beyond Limits, opening on 9 September, will feature a selection of some twenty monumental sculptures from around the world, including works by Jaume Plensa, Manolo Valdés, Mario Merz, Juan Muñoz and Marc Quinn. I am finishing my second week of working on the installations and we've managed to position a total of eight sculptures on the grounds and everything looks to be on schedule.
Among the works that have already been installed are two sculptures by British artist Tony Cragg. The gardens at Chatsworth have beautiful ponds and we have decided to install one of Cragg's sculptures alongside the ornate ring pond and the other at the edge of the rocky confines of the Lower Strid pond. The water lilies are currently in bloom on the ring pond and the reflections of the sculptures on the water are stunning.
The grounds of Chatsworth House, the site of the Beyond Limits selling exhibition of monumental sculpture.
There is a fabulous sculpture by Fernando Botero greeting visitors as they enter the gardens outside the Orangerie shop, and a colourful, eye-catching piece by Niki de Saint Phalle as you reach the far end of the Boardwalk.
The latest exciting work to arrive on site is Thomas Heatherwick's Pavilion. Heatherwick's work includes the award-winning UK Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010 and the Olympic Torch and Cauldron for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Pavilion was part of Heatherwick's degree show in 1993 and we are very excited to be exhibiting this early work of his at Chatsworth this year. The piece is fitted with acrylic panels, which will be re-attached on site over the next few days. I look forward to seeing the completed work.
Thomas Heatherwick's The partially installed Pavilion, acrylic, wood and aluminium, 1993.