MORE than 20 sculptrues have been unveiled by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire in the grounds of their home, Chatsworth House.
The garden at Chatsworth will be home to the annual Beyond Limits exhibition this month and next month and a specially commissioned work by Allen Jones is part of a strong British contingent including Marc Quinn, Thomas Heatherwick, Tony Cragg and Bill Woodrow.
Running for six weeks from Monday this week until September to Sunday, October 27, Beyond Limits will display the best in contemporary sculpture from around the world with artists including Jaume Plensa, Manolo Valdés, Mario Merz, Juan Muñoz.
The sculptures will be complemented by a magnificent pavilion by Thomas Heatherwick, designer of London’s Olympic Cauldron.
Spread out across the Peak District estate’s 105-acre garden, this year’s Beyond Limits exhibits are notable for their range of materials – from the traditional, such as bronze and stone, to fibre-glass, aluminium, steel and acrylic.
The diversity of these international artists’ works represents some of the most original monumental sculpture being made today.
The Duke of Devonshire said: “I’m particularly looking forward to seeing the new work by Allen Jones.
“We have long been admirers and collectors of Allen’s work and a few years ago we commissioned him to create what became his ‘Déjeuner sur l’Herbe’ sculpture, which is one of the garden’s highlights.”
Over the past 15 years the Chatsworth House Trust and the Devonshire family have continued to purchase and commission contemporary sculpture for public display.
In 2011 the award-winning artist Laura Ellen Bacon from Darley Dale created a new work titled ‘Forms of Growth’ made from Somerset willow.
Works by Dame Elisabeth Frink, Angela Conner, Barry Flanagan, David Nash, Gary Breeze and Allen Jones can be found throughout the garden and park.
Exhibits will be on display from 11am until 6pm every day at no extra charge beyond normal garden admission and to find out more about the event and the sculptures visit www.chatsworth.org