Art in the Park 5

3 08 2014

Six White Horses by Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson

Six White Horses by Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson 

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Two and a half acres of grassland, a paddock, a set of floodlights, six white horses and versions of a famous country and western song came together to make an unforgettable one-night-only spectacle that provided the climax for our Whitworth Weekending events in late-Summer 2013.

Artists Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson were commissioned to create an artwork that would mark the end of one stage of the gallery’s life and the start of our current period of temporary closure, the continuation of building work as part of our capital redevelopment. The result was a serene, pastoral landscape with a twist, being in the middle of our own urban oasis, Whitworth Park.

Assistant Curator Helen Stalker described the scene in early evening: “The setting was romantic and beautiful, and then eerie and magical as the light started to fade and the moonlight and theatrical lighting took over – a lament”.

The gathering of crowds echoed the scenes in one of the works in our renowned collection of Victorian landscapes, Welsh Funeral by David Cox. Furthering this link Curator of Fine Art Mary Griffiths commented on the symbolic imagery of 6 white horses, who would traditionally pull a funeral carriage and take a person on their ‘final’ journey – the representation or embodiment of an ending.

Welsh Funeral by David Cox

Welsh Funeral by David Cox

Find out more about Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson’s work via their website

Spent Matches by Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson is also is featured as part of our Art Auction sale, which is currently raising funds for the redevelopment of the gallery

Our next teaser question will also test your memory of summers past: ‘Which park artwork possessed the trees of Whitworth Park during Manchester International Festival in 2011?’




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