Beyond Limits: Chatsworth Garden

After we’d finished exploring Make Yourself Comfortable we wrapped up warm and ventured into Chatsworth Garden to explore Sotheby’s Beyond Limits Sculptures exhibition.

chatsworth house gardens

We soaked in the incredible views of the stately home perched proudly in the surrounding autumn shades.

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

Snuggled in our layers we strolled through the grounds breathing in the fresh air and impressive landscape.

chatsworth house gardens

As we crunched through the leaves I quickly remembered why autumn is my favourite season, full of striking colours as the trees start changing to beautiful shades of copper tones.

chatsworth house gardens

To celebrate Sotheby’s 10th anniversary they brought the contemporary exhibition to Chatsworth, it was designed to present the landscape of British sculptures.

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

The exhibition cleverly entwined thirty sculptures into the garden. Scroll through my pictures to capture a glimpse of the exhibition highlights which has sadly now finished.

chatsworth house gardens

Protecting the hair from the drizzle I hid under my hat, grabbed my map and checked out Conrad Shawcross’ – Dappled Light of the Sun, that framed the exterior of the building fantastically.

chatsworth house gardens

The gigantic canal pond stretched out directly behind Chatsworth House and had a striking fountain shooting up.

chatsworth house gardens

Next up was Kenneth Armitage’s – Monitor.

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

We continued past the crisp brunt orange leaves as we headed under the canopy of trees.

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

The ring pond had numerous sculptures scattered around, Geoffrey Clarke displayed Battersea II & III.

chatsworth house gardens

Lynn Chadwick’s Dancing Figures created an awesome feature positioned between two curvaceous hedges.

chatsworth house gardens

I loved this blinding blue sculpture by Phillip King that provided a cool reflection into the pond.

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

^ Henry Moore’s, Three Piece Reclining Figure Draped.

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

We stomped through the leaves enjoying the crunching noises as we took cover under the trees when the rain decided to show up.

chatsworth house gardens

Once it passed we continued onto Bill Woodrow, Regardless of History that was nestled amongst the colourful rockery.

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

The rockery was the inspiration behind Chatsworth’s garden that was presented at Chelsea Flower Show earlier this year and won best show garden.

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

We discovered some of the largest plants we’d ever seen!

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

As you can see the grounds are naturally so magical and we fell in love with our peaceful stroll.

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

Angus Fairhurst’s sculpture of a gorilla checking out his reflection was such a great piece.

chatsworth house gardens

I made sure to get a close up, and nearly skidded on the wet mud surrounding him.

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

The most amazing part of the garden was this section that had vibrant shades of red planting that were unbelievably striking, it was as if they had been painted.

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

^ Anthony Gormley’s Big Gauge II was a cool contemporary piece with it’s stacked forms.

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

^ Barbara Hepworth’s – Sea Form Atlantic.

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

I could have happily spent hours sitting by this ridiculously pretty pond with my head nestled in a book, perched on a picnic blanket. I’ll have to return in summer to make that a reality.

chatsworth house gardens

William Turnball’s bright orange Sextet sculptures created sharp forms against the soft grass.

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

We then headed into the Maze with Lauren in charge of leading us through.

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens  chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

Lauren lead us to countless dead ends.

chatsworth house gardens

I decided to not trust her navigation and ran off finding my own escape route.

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

We eventually found each other and stumbled across Sarah Luca’s shining sculptures known as Florian and Kevin.

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

Towards the end of the canal pond Barbara Hepworth’s – The Family Man was located creating a dramatic piece overlooking the rolling hills in the distance.

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

^ Anthony Caro’s – Sunshine piece.

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

^ Phillip King’s; Reel.

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

We admired the architectural forms of the house one last time before heading off into the warmth.

chatsworth house gardens

chatsworth house gardens

We were truly amazed at how interesting the garden was and despite the cold could have easily spent many more hours exploring the grounds.

Devonshire Arms

The Devonshire Arms in Pilsley was our home for the night, after having a little spruce up we nestled into a cosy section of the pub situation by a roaring fire.

Devonshire Arms

Devonshire Arms

Devonshire Arms Champagne

Equipped with bubbles and a heart-warming roast we chatted away about all our best bits from the two exhibitions.

Devonshire Arms

Devonshire Arms

After such an adventurous day we retired to our room with another bottle of bubbly, some midnight snacks and a few rounds of Netflix.

Devonshire Arms

We finished our evening with the ultimate girly sleepover that ended in heaps of giggles thankfully for you I won’t dare share our pajama wearing snaps.

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