Borders Sculpture Park, a new venue for open-air sculpture, will open on 14th July within the grounds of Mellerstain House in Berwickshire, Scotland.
The opening of the park will be marked by the run of XXX by Steve Messam. This is an outdoor sculpture installation that will be on display from 14th July until 10th September. Further installations from other artists are to be expected in the future.
What is XXX?
Comprising three large-scale temporary installations, the XXX project will combine historic features with ‘contemporary sculptural practice’ on a large scale.
Set within the Mellerstain buildings and landscape, Messam’s inflatable fabric sculptures create what’s described as ‘a joyful and uplifting visual spectacle that can be enjoyed by all’. XXX has been curated with Sarah Coulson of Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
Messam commented: “As studies in scale and form, these artworks have to be directly experienced in the environment to be fully appreciated, so I hope they will encourage even more people to visit this wonderful architectural gem in the Scottish Borders.”
The largest artwork in the series, Scattered provides a centerpiece on the ornamental lake at the bottom of the lawn. Pointed and Towered are installed in ruins hidden in secluded glades, and must be discovered on a walk through the grounds.
All white in colour, the three forms are said to be a contemporary echo of the marble sculptures that were originally envisaged to adorn the gardens.
Mellerstain House and Gardens
Mellerstain House is an example of 18th century architecture, designed in 1725 by Scottish architect William Adam and completed in 1778 by his son, Robert.
The house stands in parkland and gardens with a playground, coffee shop and holiday cottages. Groups can enjoy the Italian-styled terraced garden (laid out in 1910 by Sir Reginald Blomfied), designed to offer new perspectives as you descend to the rose gardens, lawn and ornamental lake.
Discounted group rates are available for 15 or more people, and guided tours can be arranged.
For further information visit www.mellerstain.com.
Pictured: Scattered at Borders Sculpture Park. (Photo credit: Steve Messam).