It has been good to spend some time reflecting on a range of art work that I encountered during my visit (last month) to Chatsworth; both inside the property (particularly in The New Gallery exhibition space) and in the extensive grounds. I was moved by Sean Scully’s Wall of Light Red Day Leaving (2005):

This was enhanced by its position at the end of the corridor causing the work to be framed by the architecture, which really complimented the piece well.

In the grounds, particularly near the cannel, there was an impressive retrospective of Sir Anthony Caro. However, this was somewhat spoilt by the proliferation of signage stating “Please do not touch or climb on the work”;

this signage was so close to each of the pieces that it somewhat detracted from the vista and the context of the placing of the works in such impressive locations.

Furthermore, the other works in the grounds, including Nash and Long did not have such signage to spoil their sympathetic location; some could argue that this even implied that touching and climbing of those other works was acceptable!

It was great to encounter and discover almost hidden works and how they related to their environment. I was particularly moved by the Richard long piece:

I particularly enjoyed how this work, by Richard Long, had been installed IN the lawn rather than merely on the lawn.

And the David Nash piece which just seemed to work so well in that specific location, especially the dialogue that was created between the art work and the dead tree:

I was though somewhat surprised at the lack of signage for the works that were installed outside; especially when compared to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park which seems to succeed in providing symapthetic signage to credit the artist, title and year of work but without detracting from the overall installation in the outdoor environment.