Important modern and contemporary sculpture auction at The Sculpture Park, Churt
PUBLISHED: 14:20 25 September 2014 | UPDATED: 14:25 25 September 2014
On Saturday September 27, Wellers Auctioneers will present a 450 lot auction of sculptures at the Surrey attraction from 11am.
Need to know
Where? The Sculpture Park, Jumps Road, Churt, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 2LH
When? Viewings until Friday September 26, 10am to 5pm, and on the auction day (Saturday September 27) from 8am. The auction starts at 11am.
Contact: 07966 437 098 / Terry@wellersauctions.com
Further info: View the full auction catalogue
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Set within 10 acres of stunning arboretum and wildlife inhabited water gardens, which have been developed over many years, Churt’s The Sculpture Park takes advantage of the natural contours of the rolling Surrey Hills between Farnham and Hindhead.
Lots can be viewed along two miles of paths, which meander through mixed heathland, woodland and lakes. It’s a magical environment to admire and study one of the finest and most extensive collections of sculpture in the world.
The park is a result of one man’s passion, design and dedication to create an environment in which to display sculpture in an extraordinary and enchanting landscape.
Its transformation from undeveloped land bordering Frensham Common Country Park involved three years of hard work to clear and reshape the silted-up and overgrown lakes. Over two miles of all-weather footpaths were installed and thousands of trees, bushes, shrubs and bulbs planted.
With an established hard-core of respected sculptors, Eddie is a also a passionate advocate of promoting upcoming sculptors. Finding and commissioning emerging artists has been a focus from the outset.
This ability to scout potential and taking chances has resulted in some truly unforgettable sculpture and has introduced many up and coming contemporary sculptors to the world.
Eddie’s vision in combining wonderful natural surroundings with stunning manmade creations provides a unique opportunity for these artists to exhibit their work, whilst also allowing the public to enjoy this increasingly popular art-form in a highly atmospheric setting.
Take 4: auction highlights
(all pictured above right)
Anny Chromy’s Olympic Spirit (Lot 88) of three acrobatic figures, is one of a number of pieces now on display at The Sculpture Park that were exhibited in the Athletes Village at the 2012 London Olympic Games. At six metres tall, it made for an impressive inspiration for the competitors.
Duck on Goat by Quentin Clemence (Lot 138) is one of a number of works by the artist in this sale. It is an amusing example of his surreal approach to sculpture and exhibits his unique style of beaten copper panels. His other included works have the over-sized hands that are a feature of his characters.
Allium by Ruth Moilliet (Lot 401) typifies her use of a simple, repeated form to give a more substantial bulk and presence to the work. This is a piece that works well in almost all settings - on a lake to give a glorious reflection; as a feature in a lawn; or tucked into a border or flowerbed as an ‘objet trouve’.
Works by some of the established are also represented within the sale. These include Planet Suite by Martyn Barratt (Lot 282), which represents a change of materials for this artist from his traditional base of stone carving to fantastically fused glass pieces that catch the light to show a subtle depth and texture to the work.