Thursday, June 29, 2006
Stella McCartney's horse
I really like sculpture in the landscape, or art displayed other than in a gallery.
English Heritage have used Belsay Hall (head away from Newcastle, past the Airport, through Ponteland and on for another 5 or 6 miles) to stage some great exhibitions of sculpture and art over the last few years.
Stella McCartney's horse has been the outstanding exhibit for me. It was originally displayed in the old castle, hanging in the Great Hall. It has now moved to the new hall, and hangs in the entrance hall.
It is difficult thing to describe - basically there is a grid, from which hang thousands of fine wires, the grid being suspended from the ceiling of the hall. On the fine wires have been placed thousands of crystal balls, arranged so that, as a whole, a crystal horse is created, nearly full size, floating in the air.
The hanging in the old castle was great, very atmospheric, but for all round viewing, the location in the new hall is better!
I would thoroughly recommend a visit. And don't miss a walk through the quarry gardens! We went a couple of weeks ago, on the way to the 'Harvester' O-event, just at the right time to see the rhododendrons in full flower.