Towered at Borders Sculpture Park

An inflatable outdoor sculpture installation, XXX, by sculptor Steve Messam, has officially opened at Borders Sculpture Park, a new venue for open-air sculpture in Scotland.

The park opened in July within the grounds of Mellerstain House in Berwickshire, and was marked by the start of XXX, which is on display until 10th September. Further installations from other artists are to be expected in the future.

Comprising three large-scale temporary installations, the XXX project combines historic features with ‘contemporary sculptural practice’ on a large scale.

Set within the Mellerstain buildings and landscape, Steve Messam’s inflatable fabric sculptures create what’s described as ‘a joyful and uplifting visual spectacle that can be enjoyed by all’.

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 centrepiece 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. Discounted group rates are available for 15 or more people, and guided tours can be arranged.

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Pictured: Towered at Borders Sculpture Park. (Photo credit: Steve Messam).