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Community to create huge plastic pyramid at Doddington Hall

Community to create huge plastic pyramid at Doddington Hall

Visitors to Lincoln’s Doddington Hall are to pitch in to create a stunning pyramid on the lawn of the Elizabethan mansion that will form part of the Hall’s largest ever sculpture exhibition.

Artist, Nadya Monfrinoli, will work with visitors and community groups to create a 15ft pyramid sculpture during Sculpture at Doddington 2018.‘Plastic Fantastic’ is an artwork, which aims to encourage more people to think about environmental issues. Visitors, local groups and businesses are being invited to bring along empty plastic bottles to add to the Plastic Pyramid. 

Plastic bottle collection points have been placed outside the Farm Shop at Doddington Hall and near the pyramid structure on the front lawn. Over the coming weeks, visitors will be able to add to the pyramid and watch it grow. 

Monfrinoli was inspired by the work of renowned sculptor Phyllida Barlow to conceive of this creation and has been influenced by the Doddington Pyramid, which was also created from recycled materials. Monfrinoli’s artworks dismantle, reuse, recycle and rehash materials through interventions or temporary interruptions. She has exhibited work nationally and internationally.

The original Doddington Pyramid was designed by Antony Jarvis, who passed Doddington Hall to his daughter Claire and her husband James Birch in 2007. Explained Claire: “This year’s Sculpture at Doddington exhibition is our largest yet with more than 300 sculptures in the gardens and parkland as well as a brand new indoor gallery of sculptures and ceramics. We are excited to be launching the Plastic Fantastic project this year and hope to see large numbers of visitors getting involved in shaping the pyramid.”

“At Doddington Hall we are very aware of environmental issues and work hard to limit our impact on the environment. Our shops, café, restaurant and holiday cottages, for example, are heated by a biomass boiler and we are committed to sourcing food and products with a low carbon footprint.”

“We’re on a mission to minimise single-use plastic, packaging and waste across the estate. We hope that our Plastic Fantastic project will encourage even more recycling and reuse.”

During the project, art workshops will take place at Doddington Hall in partnership with Mansions of the Future which is a radical new cultural programme and arts centre bringing national and international artists to Lincoln. 

Nadya Monfrinoli said: “I’m pleased to be working once again with Doddington Hall and I hope many people will be encouraged to get involved and add to the pyramid as it takes shape over the summer. The use of recycled material is an important element of the design and we’ll be using waste plastics that have been found locally and interrupting their journey to the recycle plant by using them in a creative way within the pyramid.”

Rebecca Blackwood, of Mansions of the Future, said: “We believe passionately in the power of art to transform lives, places and perceptions. This partnership between artist Nadya Monfrinoli and Doddington Hall has the potential to change how we live our lives.”

The work will take place throughout the Sculpture at Doddington exhibition; which is open until Sunday 9 September, daily between 11am and 4.30pm. The completed pyramid will be available to view into September and will later be dismantled, recycled or reused.

The Sculpture at Doddington exhibition and brand new Ceramics at Doddington show in the indoor Stable Yard Galleries will be showcasing more than 640 sculptures and ceramics. These include works by acclaimed sculptors including Diane Maclean, Anne Curry, Michael Speller, Anna Berry, and Tom Hiscocks. Heather Jansch, who is famed for her life size horse artwork shaped in driftwood, resin and bronze, will be returning to Doddington Hall too with her sculptures of six 6ft horse’s heads made especially for this show.  

Sculpture at Doddington takes place from now until Sunday 9 September and will be open daily between 11am and 4.30pm. All pieces will be available for sale. There is no extra admission cost for the exhibition as it is included in garden admission (£7 adults, £3.50 children, £18 family ticket). The house is also open on Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays. There is an additional entry fee for the house.

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