Ashridge House in Berkhamsted is opening its grounds to exhibit sculptures by esteemed artists for the very first time.
The sculpture trail, which is open until September 24, features more than 45 artworks by 15 renowned artists. This includes Ed Elliott, whose striking Greer, Guardian Angel has been widely exhibited and who has been voted as one of the top 10 artists working with wood, and Giles Penny, whose work is exhibited in Canary Wharf.
Sculptor and environmental artist Diane Maclean has five works being displayed.
Speaking about her piece The Crown of Leaves, she said: “This piece was designed for the fernery at Ashridge, a greenhouse-like structure which was built in 1864 to house ferns. The leaves are made from coloured stainless steel which has oxide on the surface which naturally reacts to light.”
Penny Hardy’s piece, ‘Blown Away’ A Sculpture for Change, is raising money for UNICEF by inviting people to name the sculpture and make a donation. The person who suggests the winning title will also win the sculpture.
Beatrice Outram, events manager at Ashridge House, said: “We are thrilled to have introduced our first Sculpture Garden into our programme. Our aim was to celebrate both the historic grounds at the property, but also use them as a beautiful backdrop to showcase the work of 15 incredible living artists. The artwork itself has been carefully chosen by the exhibition curator, Lucy Irvine, with each piece resonating with Ashridge House in some way. For us, this is a key part of the experience.
“All the sculptures are for sale, and one is also raising money for UNICEF.”