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Monday, 16 May 2011 04:59

A flowing series of woven sculptures created for the Chatsworth Kitchen Garden are already weaving a spell on visitors, with cries of ‘lets walk this way’ being heard from those who spy the new piece. Award-winning artist Laura Ellen Bacon from Darley Dale, in Derbyshire was commissioned by the Duke of Devonshire to create the piece to help encourage visitors explore this part of the 105-acre garden.

Crafted using willow from Somerset and bamboo from the Chatsworth estate, Laura has created an impressive four metre tall archway, accompanied by three smaller woven forms which all lean with the slope of the Kitchen Garden. It has taken three months to create these pieces entitled ‘Forms of Growth’ with Laura spending many hours in the garden painstakingly weaving the materials.

Laura said: “I have designed the forms to appear as if ‘growing’ towards the garden. Each form has a powerfully organic feeling and visitors have been thrilled by the various forms and their ‘natural’ presence. Each form is evidently man-made, but carries a curious notion that it might just have grown by itself.”

One couple who watched the sculpture being created said: “The arch at the entrance to the kitchen garden is a superb structure; we greatly admire its flowing lines and the definition of its shape which adds real interest as one walks towards the garden. It must have taken amazing patience and attention to detail to achieve the intricate weaving but the result is spectacular whether viewed from a distance or close up. We look forward to seeing your willow structures each time we visit and we hope that they continue to be appreciated and enjoyed by everyone at Chatsworth.”

The Duke of Devonshire said: “Everyone at Chatsworth is extremely grateful to Laura for completing this beautiful suite of pieces so quickly. She has been delightful to work with, and I am sure that ‘forms of growth’ will become a very popular destination for visitors to the garden.”

Laura, a University of Derby graduate is also exhibiting during a residency at Compton Verney, Warwickshire 18th June - October 2011, other exhibitions for 2011 and 2012 to be confirmed.

House, garden, farmyard and adventure playground are open every day to 23 December 2011. For more information and ticketing options including a 10 percent discount for online booking, visit www.chatsworth.org

Images of ‘Forms of Growth’, with the Duke of Devonshire and the artist Laura Ellen Bacon available

Chatsworth won Gold in the Enjoy England Awards for Excellence 2011 'Large Visitor Attraction' category organised by Visit England, the national tourism body. Chatsworth underwent a rigorous independent assessment before being chosen by a board of tourism industry experts including previous Small Visitor Attraction winner Victoria Emmanuel of the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter and experienced travel journalists Alison Rice and Sally Shalam.

Chatsworth is a member of the Treasure Houses of England, 10 of the most magnificent palaces, stately homes and castles in England. www.treasurehouses.co.uk


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