Nymans presents: 'Rapture' by Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva
This January artist Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva unveils 'Rapture' a towering creation of wood and gilding. Nestled against a backdrop of ancient woodland, it brings a new perspective to the winter landscape.
Mon Jan 11 - Sun 28 Feb 2016: 10am - 4pm
Normal garden admission applies.
Dipping down into the woodland, with views across the Sussex Weald, the arboretum at Nymans will be home to a new art installation throughout January and February 2016.
In winter the sculptural forms of trees are revealed with the gilded tree capturing, reflecting and magnifying the surrounding light.
Choosing a tree from the woodland that was felled during the storm of 1987, Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva spent months stripping back the bark and sculpting the tree into an elegant column before gilding it in gold leaf. Standing high on the hillside, in sunlight the gilded tree will draw people in from a distance, enhancing the dramatic view across the Weald.
This new art installation will explore the fragility of nature, the effect of time passing and show that the past and present can combine to regenerate and evolve.
Elpida, who works across a varied media including sculpture, video and sound, does not use traditional sculptural materials, but is inspired by items with no inherent value, such as foodstuffs and organic materials, turning everyday objects into things of beauty.
Elpida has exhibited extensively, creating numerous commissions nationally and internationally, in gallery spaces, museums and within the public realm.
Past sites and commissions include She recently presented Haruspex commissioned by the Vatican for the Venice Biennale 2015 Past commissions include Fabrica Gallery, Brighton, Pied à Terre London, Gloucester Cathedral Gloucester, Towner Gallery Eastbourne, Southgate Bath, L’H du Siège France, Kilmainham Gaol Museum Ireland, 51st Venice Biennale and Public Room Skopje.