This week I visited Arley Hall & Gardens in Cheshire.
There’s a special exhibition of over twenty works by artists including Antony Gormley, Tracey Emin, Isamu Noguchi, Cerith Wyn Evans and Danh Vo. Sculptures dotted around the historical grounds, in ponds and deep in the woodland groves, courtesy of the White Cube Gallery and it was fabulous to see the contemporary works within this setting.
Play sculpture by Isamu Noguchi. I love how striking the red feels next to its complementary colour green here, it has almost a reverberation to it.
“I like to think of playgrounds as a primer of shapes and functions; simple, mysterious, and evocative: thus educational. The child’s world
would be a beginning world, fresh and clear.”
Isamu Noguchi, A Sculptor’s World
It was an absolute scorcher, so armed with a gourmet picnic found a shady spot under a tree. There are many different areas within the 8 acres to explore, each with its own individual style and planting, the Woodland Walk and Grove was especially magical.
The hall is where some of Peaky Blinders was filmed, an unbelievable building with decorative brickwork and intricate spiral chimney pots. Check out the herringbone facade of the Tudor barn.
Light installation on the beam of the Tudor Cruck barn by Welsh artist Cerith Wyn Evans. It’s thought to have been built in 1469, the same time as the house. Each pair of crucks was formed from a single oak trunk split down the middle, jointed and assembled on the ground and then raised into position and tied in with horizontal cross beams.
The brick floor of the Cruck Barn was laid in 1976 to a design by Lady Elizabeth Ashbrook.
Really enjoyed this kinetic sculpture that rotates in the wind by artist Takis, painted iron and polystyrene spheres. It felt like the green and the black mimicked the lights and the shadows in the trees surrounding the piece.
Epic double herbaceous border, one of Arley Gardens best-known features and thought to be the first border of its kind planted in England. You can just glimpse an Anthony Gormley steel body sculpture perched on the 17th century brick wall.
The gardens have been created over the last 270 years by the same family, and the Herbaceous border backlit by the afternoon sun was stunning.
Amazing pinks within the formal rose garden. Every new area you stumble upon has little benches dotted around where you can ponder on the surroundings, almost meditative in the cool shade.
David Altmejd’s interpretation of the classical nymph, looking great with the backdrop of green.
Front Entrance to Arley Hall, it had just closed by the time we’d got round here but next time looking forward to exploring the architecture inside.