Hanna Haaslahti's interactive intervention in the Ionic Temple at Chiswick House was a huge success! The gardeners blackened the waters of the lake, mowed the lawns, cleared the ground around the Temple in readiness for the huge numbers of people who came to see it. See a video interview http://chiswickbuzz.net/all-videos/84-arts/637-sculpture-shock-at-chiswick-house-gardens.
Fascinated by the missing gestures of the classical sculptures and their copies in the house and grounds, she has set herself the task of creating a link between the past and the present by reinterpreting and reinvigorating the gestures. Light will play an important part in the installation and will enable visitors to engage with this unique and rarely accessible space.
Designed by Lord Burlington, the small temple is like a miniaturised version of the Pantheon in Rome and it originally housed Burlington's three Roman statues until they were moved to the Exedra. The surrounding landscaping is roughly circular in form with grass terraces stepping down to a circular pool with an obelisk at its centre. This self-contained garden is full of references to antiquity and the stepped terraces are reminiscent if a Roman theatre.
JOIN US for the exhibition in the Ionic Temple, Chiswick House and Gardens W2 2QN from THUR 03 - SUN 06 Dec 2015. Opening hours (Free Entry) 10am - 3.30pm (park gates close 4pm).