Team at Wimpole Hall marks birth of landscape designer with art installation
PUBLISHED: 17:02 14 February 2016
The team at Wimpole Hall is marking the 300th anniversary of the birth of landscape designer Capability Brown this year with a programme of themed events which begin this weekend.
The first part of the programme is a contemporary artwork installation created by award-winning design practice NEON.
They say that the installation, titled Scene, seeks to explore new territories between architecture, design and art.
Visitors to Wimpole’s North Park, which was created by Brown can see how the work explores the idea of the parkland as a series of scenes created by an artist, and as a place for artists.
The installation allows visitors to follow in the footsteps of Amabel, a member of the Yorke family at Wimpole in the 18th century who immersed herself in the new parkland created by Brown, and made it the subject of her art.
Visitors will find nine three metre high structures that are part easel, part viewing glass, and it is hoped they will feel inspired to create some art of their own.
The viewing glass is inspired by a device called a Claude Glass that was popular in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Each easel captures a different element of Brown’s landscape design within its viewing glass, allowing you to discover the features that make up the whole composition.
National Trust project curator Lisa Voden-Decker said: “The thought behind the installation is to entice us to explore the North Park and look with an artist’s eye.
“The structures function as artists’ easels, and can be used by visitors to show how their creativity has been sparked by the landscape around them.
“We’d love to see what people are inspired to draw, paint or photograph.”
Photos of artistic creations can be shared on social media, using the hashtag #sceneatwimpole.
This project is part of Trust New Art, the National Trust’s programme connecting people to our places through contemporary arts, and Scene is one of many ways it is marking the anniversary year.
Events, exhibitions, concerts, talks and theatre performances are all planned for throughout the year to celebrate the work of this remarkable landscape designer.
Find out more about what’s in store at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wimpole-estate.