The Art of Reflection - Andrew Logan at Buckland Abbey
This year, Buckland Abbey hosts a major exhibition of contemporary art by the renowned sculptor Andrew Logan.
The story of the spirit of Buckland is being told through 18 sculptures, placed in various locations around the Abbey, gardens and Great Barn. It's one of the largest exhibitions ever staged by the National Trust in collaboration with one artist, using work selected from five decades of Andrew Logan's career.
" We hope our visitors will be surprised, inspired, and perhaps even challenged, by discovering Andrew’s beautiful sculptures in the tranquil and unique setting of Buckland."
Organised under the Trust New Art contemporary art programme,The Art of Reflection explores themes ranging from discovery and tranquility to nature and the universe. It includes awe inspiring installations such as Goldfield, which will fill the Great Barn with 4.5 metre high wheat stalks, field mice and floating butterflies, and a new jewel and painted glass portrait of Sir Francis Drake.
Other highlights include World of Smiles, a hanging globe echoing Drake's circumnavigation of the world; Life and Oomph, a life sized sculpture of Royal Ballet principal ballerina Lynn Seymour which has never previously been exhibited; and Four Flowers of the Apocalypse which are displayed in a glass house in the garden.
You won't want to miss seeing the 3 metre high glass Excalibur rising out of the historic Cart Pond, or the chance to sit on the ornamental Elements and Universe thrones used by the winners of the Alternative Miss World competition, which are placed in the great hall of the Abbey.
Specially created pieces of 'apple' jewellery have also been made for the volunteer team to wear in the Abbey, celebrating Buckland's history of apple growing and cider pressing.
" I really hope the exhibition is going to enthral visitors and be like Alice in Wonderland…full of surprises"
Born in Witney and educated as an architect, Andrew Logan is seen as a true visionary in the way he mixes media and plays with artistic values. His work is held in major public collections throughout the world, and he is the only living artist to have a European museum dedicated to his work.
The Art of Reflection - Andrew Logan at Buckland Abbey runs until February 2018 (during normal property opening times)