Sculpture Trail 18 unveiled at Cockington Court

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Over 280 invited guests attend Cockington Court for the preview of the Sculpture Trail 18.

Art and culture enthusiasts, families and children all love exploring the trail, which reveals diverse and dynamic sculptures such as colourful, giant pollen grains, a giant kaleidoscope and Junk Music Playstations.

The trail is an artist led project, delivered in partnership by local artist Phil Dixon and Cockington Court Centre Director, and artist, Marissa Wakefield.

Phil Dixon said: “This year’s trail builds on the success of last year. Marissa and I wanted to develop the project and give more local artists the chance to be selected. Sculpture Trail 18 includes 18 artists. Their work has been inspired by Cockington Court and its grounds and they all look magnificent. We are very proud of the works they have produced.”

Donald Knaack entertained the guests by performing Junk Music on his sculpture, which is the installation in the Kitchen Gallery. The interactive piece of work will be in place throughout the summer so that people can come in and play their part in creating Junk Music.

Visitors, especially children, are delighted and intrigued to find a room full of kitchen utensils created into musical instruments to play and have fun.

Marissa added: “I am overwhelmed by the commitment to this project and that many of our artists made pieces especially for us. I enjoyed encouraging some makers to go large and try new materials.

“There is a great variety of sculptures and mediums and many were made especially for Cockington Court and all had to be site specific so suit their surroundings well. We have pollen sculptures and flags and stone sculptures based on flora and fauna here, by Jo Golesworthy, Bridget Arnold and Zoe Singleton.

“We have a splendid throne to sit on in the Walled Art Garden, by Peter Stride, a stunning metal full sized horse in our stables, by Allan Poxton and a leopard lounging on the wall, by Malcolm Curley. People love taking their pictures with them all.

“The art work was purposely installed by Phil and I on the weeks leading up to the trail with no or information in order to create intrigue up to the launch date. The preview night was a great launch to what we know will be a great and fun summer for our visitors. In fact, the day after the preview over 350 people came especially to take part in the trail which is a pretty amazing start.”

The Sculpture Trail leads around Cockington Court as well as some of the favourite hidden treasures, such as the Walled Art Garden. It extends inside Cockington Court, in the Kitchen Gallery and Manor House.

It will run throughout the summer until 9 September. There is a trail map which can be collected from the Kitchen Gallery or the visitor welcome point in the Manor House.

To find out more about the trail visit You can get to know the artists behind the sculptures and learn more about their work. More updates can be seen on Cockington Court’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

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