Have you ever walked through woods and seen the dead remnants of trees which looked like dark, angular sculptures, or organic mushrooms growing out in folded textural shapes? At Jupiter Arts, intrepid explorers clutch their maps as they wander through the trees where the art is part of the landscape, focussed on Charles Jencks’ monumental ‘Cells of Life’. In the woods you find such things as a tall gun by Cornelia Parker standing against a tree, a Chinese and Gothick Rose Walk by Pablo Bronstein, stones embedded in the trees by Andy Goldworth and an underground chamber of amethysts by Anya Gallaccio, plus much more besides.
Sinister and slightly creepy – the Brazilian artist Daniel Eye has allowed nature to flourish inside the gardens and buildings with ‘The Negative Years’ where Daniel has set up technology such as water supplies to allow nature to flourish, even in a dung heap, in unpredictable and sustainable ways. Nature is reclaiming her own world!
A mixture of meditation – with the bell and herbal essences in the old Dovecote encouraging inwards contemplation – and decadence – with the elaborate garlands filling the magnificent ballroom, Lie’s asks you to put away your mobile phones and other digital devices and immerse yourself in the sounds, smells, touch and sight of the different installations. Shut your eyes, and connect with your inner self….. and with nature.