Published on Tuesday, July 26th, 2011
Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire, England one finds a harmony of ancient and modern artistry. The structure was once owned by Henry VIII but has been open to the public since 1970. However, it faces crippling maintenance and upkeep bills and it is suggested that it is losing £100,000 a year.
To raise funds in 2005, Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst, then a director of the Gagosian gallery in London, launched an outdoor sculpture exhibition. Sponsorship now comes from Sotheby’s, which pays a flat rental for the space and covers the basic costs.
Some of the highlights include sculptures of giant bees created from recycled metal and brightly coloured fabrics made by Bokja, a design team from Beirut. A site-specific work of reminiscent of birds’ nests, Laura Ellen Bacon has fashioned a flowing form from ash twigs cascading down the walls of the castle.
The contemporary works seem to intimately resonate with the historic castle and its gardens, playing off and echoing each other's charms.