Chester: Opening of a new sculpture garden and exhibition at the hotel
A NEW sculpture garden and exhibition has been launched at a hotel on the outskirts of Chester.
Organized by Grant Ford, BBC Antiques Roadshow expert and curator of fine arts, the Carden Park Hotel Sculpture Garden is set in the breathtaking setting of the 1,000-acre luxury resort.
Each unique piece will be available for purchase on Grantfordltd.com, with prices ranging from £ 1,000 to £ 320,000 (excluding VAT).
As a new destination for art and beautiful design, admission to the Sculpture Garden will be free and visitors will be invited to view the works of leading sculptors and artists both at the Sculpture Garden and inside Carden Park. Hotel.
Grant Ford said: “When I first visited Carden Park, I was immediately struck by the beautiful countryside surrounding the hotel. The sculpture provides the perfect marriage with the backdrop of rolling green landscapes, tranquil lakes, old forests and wide open skies. It gives us all time to reflect and appreciate everything around us, resulting in a meditative and philosophical sense of the past, present and future.
“The main focus for me was the belief that many of us would be keen to venture out and explore the beautiful British countryside and that there would be an appetite for looking at wonderful art outside. With the enthusiasm of many prominent sculptors and artists, as well as the endless support of Carden Park, I think we have created a truly unique and incredible exhibition.
To help visitors, Carden Park has provided descriptive signage with added QR codes, which will lead those who want to learn more to a website with additional information about the artist and the sculptures.
Notable works include ‘Looking at Life’ (£ 85,000), a bronze statue by Rowan Gillespie, measuring nearly three meters tall and part of a series of ‘Looking’ sculptures, exploring the idea of dreamers looking into the unknown.
David Harber’s ‘TORUS’ (£ 36,898) is a perfect circular piece created in stainless steel and slate, inspired by the elemental interplay of light, landscape and water. Giles Rayner’s ‘Water Hut’ (£ 14,000) is an interactive and whimsical piece cast in copper and steel, in which guests are invited to sit inside.
After extensive renovations, Carden Park has been transformed with the launch of the award-winning spa in Carden, the opening of gourmet restaurant The Vines and the new Vertigo aerial ropes course in Carden, as well as the new leisure and sports club. vast redevelopments of common areas.
Carden Park is also home to two championship golf courses and the estate has an established vineyard, which annually produces 6,000 bottles of Carden Park Estate Reserve.
Director and General Manager Hamish Ferguson said: “We are always working hard at Carden Park to invest in projects that we think are really special and we are very proud of the exhibit that Grant Ford has put on for us. The sculpture garden will be a destination for everyone; art lovers and families are all welcome, and we will continue to develop the world-class leisure offer we have at Carden Park.