Last year the National Trust at Wimpole Hall commisioned an artist to develop a number of sculptures for the Pleasure Grounds under the title: ‘Reflections’. Theo Gayer-Anderson (sculptor and stone conservator) was successful. He worked with the gardeners/foresters over a number weeks before Christmas to gather and prepare suitable wood from around the estate. A lot of chain-sawing took place!
There are five installations in total, each a construction of wood in a distinct, bold colour. Mounted around them, bringing light, perspective and energy to each sculpture, are a number of tall, imperfect mirrors. To see all of the sculptures you must wander from the ha-ha west of the house all the way down to the farm.
Mr Gayer-Anderson describes the installations as contemplations on man’s relationship to woodlands and landscape. I’ve added the captions from his website to the photos below, because I think that they add to each work and I love the sound of some of the phrases.
So my favourite installation is ‘Yellow cords’, which works really well with the landscape. My favourite description is ‘mutable palimpsests’.