Chatsworth welcomes land of the giants

The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire with Hoop-La by Alice Aycock
The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire with Hoop-La by Alice Aycock
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Visitors to Chatsworth have a rare chance to see giant sculptures by one of China’s most critically- acclaimed artists at an exhibition which opens on Monday.

Xu Bing has created Tao Hua Yuan: A Lost Village Utopia - regarded as his most ambitious work to date.

It has been positioned at the Seahorse Fountain, an area previously off limits to the public, with Xu Bing using natural and manmade elements to create a multi-media work.

It has been created using ceramics, natural rock formations and exotic plants in addition to mist and lighting effects.

Xu Bing’s centrepiece is part of the Beyond Limits monumental sculpture show alongside more than 20 works by other major artists, including Marc Quinn, Christopher Le Brun and Antony Gormley.

Gormley’s work is Construct II, a figure sculpture by the internationally acclaimed artist and Turner prize winner.

The show, curated by Sotheby’s, also includes modern masters such as Aristide Maillol, Eduardo Chillida and Baltasar Lobo.

Visitors to the gardens will be able to see the sculptures until October 26.