‘Capability’ Brown’s final landscape masterpiece at Berrington Hall in Herefordshire is being brought to life on Saturday 17 September by ‘Strange Magic’; a performative evening event led by environmental artists Red Earth. This will be a completely unique opportunity to witness an evocative landscape journey through the parkland, which will highlight Brown’s ingenious design using fire and pyrotechnics. As summer draws to a close, so does ‘Genius Loci’; Red Earth’s captivating contemporary art exhibition which celebrates 300 years of ‘Capability’ Brown.
Red Earth’s residency at Berrington has seen them create five installations in the parkland and mansion, including ‘Telling the Waters’ on Brown’s serpentine pool. They subtly highlight Berrington’s Brownian features and draw visitors out into the park. David Bailey, General Manager said: “We’ve seen far more visitors exploring beyond the ‘ha-ha’ and venturing out into Brown’s magnificent landscape. ‘Genius Loci’ intrigues visitors and encourages them to discover more about their environment.”
Lead artist Caitlin Easterby said: “‘Strange Magic’ marks the culmination of ‘Genius Loci’; starting at 6pm visitors can explore house, park and installations; discover musicians in woodland glades as workers build autumnal fires beneath the Great Trees, and experience a haunting soundscape across the lake before returning through a parkland illuminated by fire for the final pyrotechnic mapping of Brown’s ingenious landscape. ‘Strange Magic’ is an elegy to Capability Brown’s 18th century design and pays tribute to the workforce who built it.
Visitors will need to book in advance for this event with adult, child and family tickets on offer.
‘Strange Magic’ forms part of the Capability Brown Festival managed by the Landscape Institute to celebrate the 300th anniversary of ‘Capability’ Brown’s birth. GENIUS LOCI has been commissioned by Berrington Hall and Trust New Art, the National Trust’s contemporary arts programme in partnership with Arts Council England, to inspire people of all ages to see and enjoy National Trust places in a new way through the eyes of contemporary artists.
More details about events, booking information, charges, opening times and accessibility can be found by visiting: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/berrington-hall
About the Author: Madeleine Gower, National Trust