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Hestercombe House and Gardens, Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton, TA2 8LG
8 Jul 2020 - 21 Feb 2021
Celebrated artist Richard Long’s artwork Jackdaw Line is set in Hestercombe’s Georgian Landscape Garden.
The piece has been commissioned as part of Bampfylde 300, a year of exhibitions and events celebrating the life and work of Hestercombe’s former owner and landscape designer, Coplestone Warre Bampfylde.
Made using local Morte Slate, Jackdaw Line snakes through the landscape below the Box Pond at Hestercombe, and uses stone sourced from a quarry in the same valley.
Richard Long describes his work in general as a ‘love and celebration of the natural world’; and of this new sculpture he says ‘I’m an opportunist – I was invited to make a work, not far from my home, in these beautiful gardens with a fantastic supply of stones, and the help of gardeners who turned their skilled hands to manning wheelbarrows.’
The meandering sculpture is a reminder for the artist of River of Stones, a work made at the eighteenth century Madhavendra Palace in Jaipur in 2018.
Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Long has continued to make work from his home in Bristol, including Spring Line (2020) and Daydreaming Line (2020) both made by the act of walking near his home. This new stone work is Long’s first since the easing of the lockdown.
Wednesday 8th July 2020 - Sunday 28th February 2021
Monday to Sunday: 10am - 4pm (5pm in summer)
**Please check opening times and booking system with the venue before travelling**
Admission (House and Gardens):
Child (5 - 15 years) £6.65
Child (under 5 years) FREE
Family Saver 1 (1 adult & up to 3 children) £20.00
Family Saver 2 (2 adults & up to 3 children) £33.00
Wheelchair User HALF PRICE
Admission for Tramper user HALF PRICE
**Prices correct at time of publication**
Jackdaw Line by Richard Long
Hestercombe House and GardensCheddon FitzpaineTauntonSomersetTA2 8LGUnited Kingdom
T: 01823 413923
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