Dramatic landscape and planting provide the backdrop to contemplative but inspirational artworks. More than twenty artists, including five members of the Royal Academy of Arts – James Turrell, Richard Long, David Nash, Peter Randall-Page and Tim Shaw – have interacted with the garden to create site-specific permanent works of art in Cornwall, that harmonise beautifully with the setting. The land also provides a forum for ever-changing temporary, or even ephemeral art in all its forms.
The concept is to have a balance of artwork and planting within a beautiful landscape – allowing room for all elements to flourish with the idea in mind that the number of artworks is kept limited but of high quality and presence.
Perhaps best known for his epic walks and stone intervention in wilderness locations, Richard Long on this occasion has chosen a work sympathetic to the garden and it’s stunning view, inviting an inspection of a line of grass from the uppermost point of the garden – facing due south.
Temples are usually made of stone and stand still, glorifying mortal and immortal power. This temple is made from wood and moves between the power of wind and gravity, always at the mercy of nature and challenging our preconceptions of what we hold secure and stable in everyday life.
Carefully sited to sit comfortably in a pivotal point within the landscape, internal images present a 360° view of the gardens in a hypnotic and magical way. Images of the plants and views are often compared to landscape portraits – albeit alive with movement and light.
Intended as a monument to displacement. It references the now virtually defunct form of the photographic negative drying cabinet, whilst paying homage to members of the artist’s family displaced from East Germany in 1944. Each cabinet contains images carried by the artist’s Grandmother when she left her family home to walk across Poland and Germany.