War and Pieces at Berrington Hall
Berrington's past is strongly connected with Admiral Rodney's 1782 naval battles. Now Bouke de Vries has brought us his award winning installation, 'War and Pieces' and he has woven a twist into it which incorporates this part of Berrington's past.
Berrington Hall's past is connected with the famous Admiral Thomas Rodney. Rodney was a major influence in The Battle of Saintes in 1782 and it is this campaign that is depicted through a series of portraits in the Dining Room. We are celebrating this connection with British history with Bouke de Vries' Arts Council's award winning exhibition, 'War and Pieces'.
Vries has drawn inspiration from the eighteenth century tradition of war banquets, given on the eve of battle. He has combined this part of history with the seventeenth century tradition of creating spectacular sugar sculptures that were designed to impress the guests of stately homes. 'War and Pieces' has incorporated both of these traditions into its final design.
" Create to destroy, destroy to create"
Now this award winning sculpture comes with a unique Berrington twist. Vries has delicately threaded the Berrington story into the piece. He has used a symbol of a ship, which originates from one of Berrington's porcelain bowls, and printed the design onto each of the sculpture's plates.
This symbol was originally designed to remind Berrington's visitors of its connection with Admiral Rodney, as were the paintings of the battles which took place during Rodney's 1779 campaign. Vries has used special lighting to highlight both the paintings and the symbol of the ship to stress the connection of the sculpture to Berrington's past.
This exhibition has travelled all over Europe and will even stretch as far as America. It is only due to our visitors and their enthusiasm with generous donations, that we can continue with our conservation work that make housing exhibitions such as this a reality.
Due to our visitors and their contributions we are able to work with contemporary artists such as Bouke de Vries to connect the present with Berrignton's past and make it last for the future.
Why not come and have a look for yourself and discover Berrington's past in an entirely new way?