Moody sculpture in St. Nicholas’ Church

Endless Balance

The ‘ Please do touch’ policy!

Stone parcels wrapped up with rope

My biennial treat – a visit to Asthall Manor to see the Sculpture in Stone Exhibition. Wandering around the glorious grounds, enjoying the sculptures and the way they interact with the landscape, laughing with the children as we hide in the hammock or following secret pathways is a perfect way to spend a summer’s day. My favourite was Endless Balance by Peter Brooke-Ball. Stones were roped up in a tree using pulleys. By pulling one down, you caused another to move upwards and I loved the way the heavy stones appeared weightless and the changed perception of the tree. I love pebbles and these stone parcels wrapped up with rope seemed like enormous beach pebbles. Sculpture with a ‘please do touch’ policy is the perfect way to introduce children to art and asking them what a piece reminds them of can provoke a profound response. There was even a children’s workshop and for two hours they were able to create their own artwork from alabaster while we continued to explore the garden and St. Nicholas’ church. It was there that I really felt I needed a tripod as the low light called for a long shutter speed. But necessity is the mother of invention, and a 300 year old church chair was surreptitiously moved into position and worked well as a substitute tripod to photograph the sculpture.

On Form is open from 17 June – 15 July 2012

Children concentrating in their sculpture workshop