Look! Look! Look! at Berrington with Heather and Ivan Morison
This year we welcome internationally renowned artists Heather and Ivan Morison as they create some Georgian inspired brilliance in the form of a fanciful sculptural pavilion. Why not take a Look!...
We're embarking on a research and restoration project of Berrington's walled garden and over the coming months we'll be writing a plan to discover and potentially re-instate its Georgian origins. The gardens, pleasure grounds and landscape at Berrington were 'Capability' Brown's final landscape masterpiece and we want to know more about how the garden was planted, used and ultimately enjoyed within this wealthy family home.
Inspired by the decadent social lives of the Georgians, Heather and Ivan Morison have brought to life the first stage of this plan with their contemporary creation, 'Look! Look! Look!', which now features in the garden. It is a project supported and partially funded by Trust New Art and the Arts Council England. Its form is inspired by the story of pineapples being imported and eaten during the eighteenth century as a statement of wealth and we've found evidence of them being grown in the garden at Berrington. The Georgians were also fond of popping up temporary pavilions made from wood and canvas or material for shelter whilst, entertaining, dining, reading or even for illicit meetings.
Heather and Ivan also have an exhibition inside the mansion, which complements and coincides with the outdoor installation. Contemporary, as well as historic, pieces are used to provoke thought and discussion about the project, its history and its meaning. They take their shape in many different forms. Some are in the form of porcelain pineapples. Others are items of clothing. These pieces are all hidden and have their own meaning. They connect to the period, the project and the different elements of the Georgian culture that are often overlooked in this day and age.
We want you to discover, enjoy and experience this space as if you were in the eighteenth century and so we've created a series of events and activities inspired by traditions old and new.
Some events to particularly look forward to are performances inside the pavilion on Wednesday 23 August. We want to bring this space to life and take you back to the sights and sounds of the Georgian times with live music events. You can almost hear the Georgian gentry clapping at the idea of such spectacles.
This is not a simple piece of art however, there is also meaning behind it. We could only achieve such massive projects thanks to all of our visitors' support, and the support of the Arts Council. The walled garden is a particular piece of Berrington that we want to protect. This is because it is a hidden treasure, nestled into Berrington’s past. Ellie Jones, Project Manager says; "Because ‘Capability’ Brown designed it, ‘it is a piece of living history".
With rare varieties of vintage apple trees and different species living in it, the walled garden needs very special care. 'Look!Look!Look!' will therefore be the start of the conservation of this little gem, by drawing people outside and into this beautiful area.
With all of these exciting treats lined up, we hope that by drawing on Berrington’s past, we will be looking to the future. We look forward to seeing you discover this rare and exciting installation at Berrington very soon.