Reflected light

A trip out today to Waddesdon Manor – our astonishing local Renaissance-style château… which is about half an hour from us, just out of Oxfordshire and into Buckinghamshire, UK (not in deepest France as you may guess just looking at it)….

Our visit was not to go around the house, but just to have a stroll and take in the atmosphere and current art installations by Bruce Munro, ‘Blue Moon on a Platter’ and ‘Angel of Light.’ As National Trust members this was a free to us visit. (Though the house itself is not National Trust, and a fee is charged for that privilege.)

Correction: All National Trust members now admitted free to the House and Gardens.

back of Waddesdon, gardens in low winter lightWe parked the car and walked up the hill, approaching the manor from the back, just as the sun was low against a granite sky – it threw a golden light. The white blobs are the winter protected statues!

The installations make the most of the reflective qualities of discarded CDs, and are set in the most fantastic location. Here you can see the front of the manor with the installation in the foreground
Waddesdon Manor, with CD installation in frontand a slightly different view

Waddesdon Manor, with CD installation in frontiihere you can see each disc, with the ‘candles’ placed around the perimeter.

Around by the children’s play area the other installation is placed within a mini grassed amphitheatre, as you can see in this picture taken at early dusk.

blue moon on a platter, early duskThis is the centre piece, close up

the centre piece, Blue Moon on a Platterand here it is taken a little later, when the light had gone from the sky

Blue Moon on a Platter, later duskand here in a blue phase

Blue Moon on a Platter, later duskiiAll the time a selection of music was played: all featuring the moon, as the centrepiece subtly changed hue, white to blue and gently back again.

All the time a selection of music was played: all featuring the moon, as the centrepiece subtly changed hue, white to blue and gently back again.

There were a lot of people about, doing Christmas shopping at the gift shop, going to the food festival, buying Christmas trees… but around the installations everyone was quiet, just taking in the show.

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10 comments

  1. There’s a lot more on reflections here:
    http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/11/30/reflections/

  2. That is very very cool. The light reflecting off the CDs makes them look like a sea of giant sequins.

    1. exactly right!

    1. I’d like to try this on a smaller scale….

  3. Stunning! A definite must-see for anyone in the area, Pseu!

  4. I am feeling tempted to make a visit to see this light installation too.
    By the way the house is freely open to members of the NT we have been several times.

    1. last time I went, a long time ago, admittedly, there was a charge for the house, even if you are a member of the National Trust….

      1. Now corrected in text! Thank you

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