This year’s sculpture exhibition at Chatsworth House is a break from the past. The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire have decided to use the magnificent backdrop of Chatsworth’s Gardens to display 56 sculptures from their own collection. There is no theme to the exhibition. All of the contemporary or modern works have been collected by the Devonshires over the last 30 years for their own pleasure. The exhibition is a way of sharing the works of art with as many people as possible. The sculpture is sometimes placed to add interest to parts of the garden but often the reverse is true. As the landscape of Chatsworth changes with the light or weather conditions, the effect of the sculptures also changes. Lancelot “Capability” Brown redesigned the landscape at Chatsworth in the late 1750s creating winding paths, vast lawns, a cascade and many viewpoints from which to admire the fruits of his work. How lovely then to be able to wander along the paths and avenues admiring both the natural and man made sculptures and the ways in which they interact.
“The landscape of the Chatsworth garden and its surrounding parkland appears to be unchanging, but of course it changes all the time; during a short visit of just two or three hours, the light changes the effect of sculptureand plants often in a very dramatic way.” The Duke of Devonshire
The Chatsworth Outdoors exhibition lasts until 9th November, 2018.