My sister recently returned from Nottingham, bearing news of the best looking pieces of installed artwork that I have seen since Clare Twomey’s menacing clouds of ceramic butterflies descended upon Brighton Pavilion. (BBC with video here)
Unfortunately I didn’t get to Brighton to see this one, or indeed the stream of art installations and take-overs that Kensington Palace has hosted over a much longer period of time as part of its Enchanted Palace event: here
(Really, I’ve been seeing it on the Tube for about a year now and I’ve most probably missed out on seeing a fashion/crane inspired piece created by a man after my own heart! That’ll teach me to procrastinate) BBC have once again captured it wonderfully in audio accompanied slideshow of photographs of all the displays here – skip to ~4:30 to see the work by William Tempest (below).
Stirring the Swarm – Anna Collette HuntStirring the Swarm is a ceramic installation that tells a curiously dark tale inspired by the collection of Entomology in the Natural History collection at Wollaton Hall, Nottingham. The exhibition lures viewers into this macabre story as they find these enchanted insects, gathered in the Castle after their journey from Wollaton Hall.A static swarm of 10,000 handmade ceramic insects infest the South Hall stairwell at Nottingham Castle, each one unique and strikingly beautiful. Dry, dingy creatures cling lifelessly to the walls, frozen in the viewer’s sight, alongside more dazzling ‘specimens’ that sparkle and shine with rich glazes and lustres. Many also have missing limbs or wings to reflect their ancient and delicate condition – or perhaps they mutated during their escape, sprouting extra heads or wings: evolution and magic transforming the swarm into a new lifeform. The rich palette of gold, green, blue, brown and cream pays homage to the flocked wall paper of Wollaton Hall, the pattern of which has even sprouted on some of their wings.Taken from artist’s installation Tumblr: here