Art of sculpture shapes up 
to reflect the great outdoors

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A CELEBRATION of the great outdoors will take place at one of the region’s stately homes this weekend.

The centrepiece of the Festival of the Outdoors at Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire on Sunday is a limestone sculpture exhibition, where a new stone sculpture will be displayed on the Hardwick Estate. The figure was commissioned by Juncture Arts and has been produced by Graeme Mitcheson, who has worked on site at the National Trust’s property using Mansfield limestone.

Children from Pilsley Primary School in Chesterfield helped design the sculpture after visiting Hardwick Hall for inspiration.

Mr Mitcheson said: “The sculpture is a very organic, fruit-like shape that looks like it has fallen from one of the trees nearby and will have lots of deep cuts to catch strong shadows and lots of textures.”

He will give a talk to launch the sculpture during the festival, and then lead a short walk to see the attraction in the grounds of the estate.

As part of the second Limestone Journeys event, which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, visitors can take part in pole lathing and woodland crafts, while there will be demonstrations of dry stone walling and stone carving.

The event runs from 10am to 4pm and entry is free.