Outdoor art on view this winter at National Trust Nymans
12 January – 27 February, with evening openings every Friday from 23 January until 27 February
This winter Lola Muance will create an arts installation within Nymans landscape, transforming the garden with colour and light. Launching on the 12 January 2015 from 10am, visitors to the garden will be able to wander and wonder at Lola Muance’s latest creation.
Every Friday evening from 5pm – 7pm from the 23 January, the garden will be open in the evening too so visitors can experience the luminescent sculptures which exude poetry, passion and playfulness.
Lola Muance, a French company, based in southern France is headed by artistic director Pierre Surtel. Pierre studied Fine Arts in Avignon before joining a collective of artists then founding Lola Muance as a means of housing diverse art forms from music and dance to sculptures. Since the 1990’s all of Pierre’s time is devoted to creating sculptural art in public spaces.
His creations often feature in festivals, arts centres and universities and his work is generally found outside in both urban and rural settings.
Pierre visited Nymans in October and commented ‘My overriding impression from visiting Nymans was le regard (the view). The basis of the sculpture that I will create will be based around the idea of le gaze which extends to the space where imagination can travel freely’.
Pierre designs and builds his sculptures in his studio in the south of France before transporting them to where they will be exhibited. He reuses materials where he can from wood, iron and water to fabric, water and soil.
His sculptures are multi-faceted taking on a different look and feel at night when they are lit to how they appear in the daylight. Pierre says: ‘I like how night and day can give you two completely different visions of the same thing; 2 different visions and 2 different ways of reading the work. I like ‘contre-jour’ -backlighting when details disappear and your eyes are drawn to shapes and lines because it lets you discover different things. It can even disturb the viewer a little like car headlights but it also creates a new vision briefly’.
Nymans Programme Manager Hollie Ryan says: ‘Nymans has a long artistic heritage through its family links to the Messel family, including famous stage designer Oliver Messel and society photographer Lord Snowdon. We felt the Messels might have approved of our new art installations as they were a very creative and innovative family’.
The installation, created in partnership with ArtsAgenda, is one of a few similar projects being undertaken by the National Trust in the South-East, funded by the Arts Council England.
Lola Muance outdoor art installation: 12 January to 27 February 2015.