Cutting Edge Garden Sculptures at Sudeley Castle

Cutting Edge Garden Sculptures at Sudeley Castle

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Tess Wilson
Apr 12, 2012

Everyday, I see so many wonderful pieces of design that are well out of my price range- so it's almost refreshing to see pieces that are absurdly, outrageously out of my price range and not really covet any of them. Ah, one less thing to try to save up for...

Last summer, Sotheby's Auction House teamed up with Sudeley Castle to host Material Worlds. The "selling exhibition" featured "cutting-edge, one-off and limited edition works" by "an exclusive collection of leading designers and artists". The eleven pieces ranged from $2,933 for a Tord Boontje table and chairs to $285,412 for a giant tuning fork by Paul Fryer. Looking through the works, I wondered if perhaps I don't get outdoor sculpture, so I wanted to see what you all thought. Any favorites? Any pieces you'd like to have in your yard if price (and space) were no object?

The three I liked best were Andrea Salvetti's Mazzolin Di Fiori (a perfect sun-dappled spot to escape harsh summer rays), Omer Arbel's 19's (great for making wishes or cooling one's feet), and David Adjaye's Giza (for basking like a lizard on a warm rock). I suppose if you spend £30,000 on a work of art you're probably not supposed to lie on it or step on it, right? This is why it's best I can't afford them!

(All images by the artists as listed above, from Sotheby's)

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