Sculpture and fire tell Nymans' dramatic story

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Latest update 13.01.2014 18:25

Internationally acclaimed French sculptural artist Denis Tricot gently transforms landscapes and buildings across the world with his beautiful, undulating wooden sculptures.

From 11 January, discover his latest creation at Nymans – elegant waves and arches of poplar wood that weave their way across the lawns of this world-famous garden and into the romantic ruins of the house.

Evening of fire and music

To mark the anniversary of the fire that destroyed Nymans - the Messel’s family home – the sculpture will be dramatically set ablaze in darkness on 19 February, accompanied by the haunting and beautiful Hungarian gypsy music of cellist and singer Vania Dombrovszky, in a live concert.

Nymans’ artistic heritage

'Nymans has a long artistic heritage through its family links to the Messel family, including famous stage designer Oliver Messel and society photographer Lord Snowdon,' said Nymans’ Marketing Officer Lisa Davies. 'We felt the Messels might have approved of our ‘fire evening’; they were incredibly creative and innovative, so a ceremonial burning on the anniversary of the house fire may well have appealed to their sense of drama and theatre. It’ll look spectacular.'

Inspired by the architecture that surrounds them, Tricot’s sculptures forge pathways of flowing curves, gently turning familiar sites into temporary art galleries: ‘sculpting the air’ as Denis Tricot himself calls it. This latest creation is Tricot’s interpretation of the story of Nymans.

Nymans at the forefront of outdoor art

The installation, created in partnership with ArtsAgenda, is one of the first pilot projects being we're undertaking in the South-East, funded by Art Council England’s Outdoor Arts initiative.

'Thousands of visitors are welcomed to our properties over the winter months, many coming to enjoy walks in some of the country’s most beautiful landscapes,' said our Assistant Regional Director Alison Evans. 'It’s lovely to be able to offer them original, intriguing outdoor experiences at this time of year.'

Planning your visit

Denis Tricot’s Fire and Sculpture installation runs from 11 January to 19 February.
The ‘Duo du Feu’ fire and music event is a free event that takes place on 19 February at 6.30pm, Booking is essential on 01444 405250