The gardener's eye

The Gardener's Eye

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Contemporary Surprises at Sudeley Castle

Woven Willow Installation on the Castle Wall by Laura Ellen Bacon

Closer View of the sculpture, 'Form of Intrigue'

150-year-old Yew Topiary have taken on a very Modern Bent

Entrance to the Tithe Barn Ruin Garden

The inside of the Tithe Barn was draped with plants and vines

The Carp Pool and Tithe Barn

Sudeley Castle, located in Gloucestershire in the Cotswolds, is rich in history but has some modern layers recently added to the medieval structures. The main castle was built by Baron Sudeley in the 15th century. Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst, the daughter of the current owner, Lady Ashcombe, is a contemporary art dealer at New York’s Pace Gallery. For the past several years, Mollie has curated cutting-edge sculpture shows on the grounds.  'Form of Intrigue' is striking sculpture installation by artist Laura Ellen Bacon for a Sotheby’s hosted exhibition in 2011.

Even the yew topiary planted in 1860 by Emma Dent have an oversized modern sculpture air. The Tithe Barn was nearly destroyed by Oliver Cromwell during the Civil War in the 1640's. Today the ruin is layered with a modern palette of vines, shrubs and perennials creating a very romantic effect.


  1. Thank you for the lovely photographs, we have been there years ago.


  2. Thanks, Sigrun. I was last there 5 years ago and the woven willow adornment of the castle wall was a pleasant surprise.

  3. Oh, Michael, you must be in your element! I absolutely love the sculpture, everything else too, come to that...

    1. You are absolutely right, Faisal. I thought the sculpture was perfect. I loved the lines and texture against the Cotswold stone.

  4. Lovely photographs! Wish I was there.

    1. Thanks. I wish you were here too! You would love it.



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