I had the pleasure of attending the biennial Fresh Air 2011 sculpture exhibition currently being held in the garden and grounds of Cotswolds’ Quenington Old Rectory, Gloucestershire, UK.
With a wide range of modern site-specific sculpture from local, regional and international fine artists this exhibition offers far more than your average garden wood carvings and
tacky shiny fountain ornaments. The pieces are crafted with purpose, skill and, if you’re not into the ‘meaning’ of art, simply provide wonderfully engaging aesthetics.
From a water vibration piece that produces intermittent vibrations beneath sections of water to make temporary patterns to life-size Matisse inspired wire dancers, the mix of modern and traditional creates a unique sculpture experience.
What sets this exhibition off though is the setting. I can’t help thinking each sculpture would lose energy if it were placed in white-walled gallery space. Held among acres of manicured gardens, ponds and wild flora (there’s even a floating duck hotel), wandering around the pieces proved to be surprisingly uplifting.
It’s on until Sunday 10th of July; entry costs £2.50 per person (b.a.r.g.a.i.n). Cheap coffee and cake is also available; always a plus. If you can make it, do.