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©The National Trust, Rothschild Collections, Waddesdon Manor, Photo by Pippa Shirley

©The National Trust, Rothschild Collections, Waddesdon Manor, Photo by Pippa Shirley

I was up at Waddesdon Manor a few weeks ago and totally forgot to tell you about this fantastic installation in the garden aviary (above). It’s been there for a while, and is called Bit.fall, by German artist Julius Popp, just the latest in a long line of brilliant interactive collaborations between the Rothschild estate and modern artists.

Tis no secret that I’m a massive fan of culture clashes, whether it’s English National Ballet dancing with Flawless, or Jarvis Cocker performing Prokoviev’s Peter and the Wolf with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

London Philharmonia Orchestra perform Prokofiev’s Peter & The Wolf – See more at:

And this installation is really clever, because it takes words randomly selected from the internet, processes them and creates the word in water, before each word loses its shape after one second and disappears as it falls in droplets to a mesh at the bottom of the aviary. If you want to be smartypants about it, you can draw parallels with the the transient nature of the internet and the never-ending churn of information. Or you can do my kids did, which is repeat each word as it comes out of the machine for a while before sticking your head under the drips. Because, frankly, that’s more fun.

La Carosse

La Carosse

Also worth knowing that still hanging out in the gardens is La Carosse, one my favourite sculptures, all origami angles and bold red, on the front lawns of the chateau, and coming soon, the brilliant Bruce Munro who will be taking his light installations, such a success in last year’s gardens, inside the house for November. Keep em coming Waddesdon, I love them all.







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