Marc Quinn's Bronze Shell Sculpture exhibited at Chatsworth House
Marc Quinn's 4 ton Bronze shell, Chatsworth House Exhibition
By Paul Rogers
August is always a quiet month for news. The news pages of The Times still need to be filled however, which means there is usually more space for standalone news photographs. And this is the kind of space I was shooting for when I travelled up to Chatsworth House in Derbyshire.
An exhibition of artwork was being installed in the public gardens around the house, and I went to photograph the installation of Mark Quinn's giant shell. The bronze sculpture weighs almost 5 tons, and it was a delicate operation manoeuvring it through the gardens to its final resting place at the end of the lake facing the house.
I knew that the main picture would be of it once fully installed, but I wanted to show the process of its journey through the grounds. It was resting in a giant steel cage, and half of it was covered in plastic film. This complicated matters slightly, in that I could only photograph it from one angle as it was travelling through the gardens, otherwise you couldn't really tell what it was.
This first shot was taken from the roof of the house. The way it was positioned meant that I couldn't photograph it from the gardens of the house in the background. I chose this elevated position to show some of the gardens. I then included the balustrades on the roof to give it some context and scale.
It made steady progress at the Broad Walk, and then finally in an arc ending at the end of the lake Where a crane lifted into its final position.
In the end only one photograph was used in The Times. This shot shows the sculpture with the house and fountain in the background.
If you've got the cash and quite a large garden, the work is to be sold by Sothebys. The exhibition is open to the public from 9th September to 27th October.
Spectacular sculpture and great series of images presented there Paul. You really look as if you covered some ground with capturing the instalation from all angles! Interesting article.
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