Until August 31, Sotheby's is assisting with an exhibition-for-sale in Gloucestershire.
Twenty-five pieces of unique art and design by contemporary artists have been placed around the grounds of Sudeley Castle, lending the place a surreal, fairy tale atmosphere. The works on offer include pieces by Marc Quinn, Pablo Reinoso, Marcel Wanders, Studio Job and Atelier Van Lieshout.
Three pieces stand out in particular:
The 4.5m tall Wellness Skull is made from fiberglass, polyurethane, polystyrene and plywood by Atelier van Lieshout. It takes the skull - universal symbol of thought, wisdom and death - and combines it with leisure.
The imposing sculpture contains a fully-functional sauna in its top half, and a bath in its base.
Secondly, Giant Jar by Lional Scoccimaro is, as you'd expect, a very large jar. Made from aluminium, it stands 2.6m tall and includes biker imagery: flames are traced around the outside and the jar appears to be brimming over with black skulls.
Lastly, and perhaps most mesmerising of all, is the simply titled Pouring Jug by Studio Job. Completed only this year and the only one of the three to be one-of-a-kind (three Wellness Skulls exist and eight Giant Jars) it appears to being held by a giant invisible hand.
The highly-polished bronze jug is suspended in mid-air, seeming to pour a viscous black liquid, like molten metal but containing cuboid shapes onto its pedestal.
Previously responsible for other whimsical transformations of industry into fantasy - a light bulb, for example, becomes a destructive force in their Wrecking Ball Lamp whilst a crane stands in for its angle poise support - Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel's work is instantly iconic and could well be collected as an investment.
Contemporary sculpture is a powerful force, as the recent sale of The Skin Speaks a Language Not Its Own (an elephant sculpture) for nearly £1m reminds us.
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