Doddington Hall – Sculpture Exhibition

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As I mentioned in my last post, Doddington Hall has a biennial sculpture exhibition, which was the principal reason that TBH and I were keen to go back there. I’m really glad we did – I really enjoyed viewing all of the works on display in the gardens. I took a huge number of photos, many of which are here, but some of the sculptures which I liked haven’t made it into this selection, simply because my photos haven’t worked too well in some cases.

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The extensive gardens were littered with sculptures – some tiny, some huge and all points in between. I think I remember the exhibition brochure saying that there were over 600 works on display. We didn’t see them all – some were ceramic and on display inside somewhere and we didn’t get around to those. We probably missed some in the garden too.

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As I say, we had a brochure, but for the most part I don’t remember which artists made these sculptures. These two, above and below, however, must be by Heather Jansch; her horses are so distinctive and well-known. The one above is actually bronze and not wood – an original wooden model has been cast in bronze. I think it was priced at £70,000. We’ve decided to buy three of them. Perhaps.

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About the remaining sculptures here I can’t tell you much at all, apart from the fact that they gave me great pleasure.

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This one…

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…has water flowing down between those three hollows.

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The boys were very taken by this enormous seat…

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At the back right of this photo…

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You can see A and TBH examining this sculpture…

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It was mesmerising: a very geometric design which looked quite different from different directions, even slight changes of perspective could create radical shifts in it’s colour and pattern.

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I think we all liked it.

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I don’t know why Little S wants to box these huge seeds. Perhaps he was taking his lead from this nearby hare?…

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There’a a rang tang in my garden, anyone?

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I decided, on the day, that if I could take just one statue away with me it would be this one…

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As usual, I find it almost impossible to say why. Partly, perhaps, it’s because, like Heather Jansch’s horses, a very lifelike image is created from seemingly unpromising elements. And then there’s a lot going on, both visually and emotionally, in the image: the figures are about to kiss, but are also apparently flying apart; it’s both touching and poignant. Maybe it’s just because it reminded me of a very arresting panel..

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…from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons ‘Watchmen’ comic. Who’s to say?

Presumably, the next show will be in 2020, anybody up for a visit? Better start saving your pennies now.

 

Doddington Hall – Sculpture Exhibition

11 thoughts on “Doddington Hall – Sculpture Exhibition

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      You can witness the chaos first-hand. Maybe there’s a tourism opportunity there – ‘cheap holiday in someone else’s misery’?

  1. That looks like it was an excellent exhibition. Would have lijed to have seen it. (But disagree with Andy having been back to YSP last week – our 3rd visit this year – to see the Sean Scully exhibition that opened recently)

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      The YSP is genuinely a National Treasure, unlike many of the third-rate celebs who are often labelled as such. We must be due another visit ourselves.

      1. You’re not wrong 😉. Always good exhibitions to see and a good place for a walk too. It’s impossible to see everything in a day, though. Usually Takes us just over an hour to get there so easy enough to re-visit. A bit further for you, though.
        We usually make a full day of it and in the summer find the last hour, after 5 o’clock, when most people have left, is our favourite time for looking around the works in the grounds – especially the Family of Man and the Elisabeth Frink sculptures

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