Beyond Limits is an annual selling exhibition, now in its sixth year, of monumental sculpture, organised by Sotheby’s and staged within the historic grounds of Chatsworth. For 2011 works will be shown by Fernand Léger, René Magritte, Nadim Karam, Takashi Murakami, William Turnbull, Marc Quinn, Ju Ming, Zadok Ben-David, Jedd Novatt, Jaume Plensa and Barry Flanagan.
Over the past 15 years the Chatsworth House Trust and the Devonshire family have continued to purchase and commission contemporary sculpture for public display. Earlier this year, the award-winning artist Laura Ellen Bacon from Darley Dale in Derbyshire, spent three months creating a new work titled Forms of Growth. Crafted using willow from Somerset and bamboo from the Chatsworth estate, the four metre tall archway, accompanied by three smaller woven forms, leads into the Kitchen Garden. David Breuer-Weil’s Visitor II consists of two monumental bronze feet inspired by Dante’s fallen angel, and a counterpoint to Visitor, a head emerging from the Strid Pool shown at Chatsworth last year. Works by Dame Elisabeth Frink, Angela Conner, David Nash, Gary Breeze and Allen Jones can be found throughout the garden and park.
Images: 1. Laura Ellen Bacon. Forms of Growth. Flanders Red willow, Chatsworth 2011. 2. David Breuer-Weil. Visitor II. 3. Barry Flanagan. Large Left-Handed Drummer (2006), bronze, 490 cm. Photo: Courtesy of Sotheby’s.
Beyond Limits. Chatsworth, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP. 16 September – 30 October 2011