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We are lucky to have a number of outdoor sculptural installations that have emerged from residencies at Wysing and have remained on the site. Scroll across to see some of them.

You are welcome to view the outdoor sculptures around Wysing's site when the gallery is open (daily 12noon-5pm when there is an exhibition on) or during office hours (Monday-Friday 10am-5pm)

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Outdoor Sculptures

Folke Köbberling and Martin Kaltwasser Amphis 2008

We invited Berlin based artists Folke Köbberling and Martin Kaltwasser to be in-residence during 2008 and create an ‘amphitheatre’.

The artists worked with a team of volunteers and using only discarded, found and recycled materials. Köbberling and Kaltwasser have a track record in working this way and have completed a number of similar projects in Germany and other European countries. This was their first commission in the UK.

Bedwyr Williams Beehive Skyscraper 2010

Bedwyr Williams built a spectacular sculpture, Beehive Skyscraper, in the woods at Wysing. At 26ft tall, the sculpture could be one of the tallest beehives in the world. The hive is based on a design by William Broughton Carr (WBC), which has sadly fallen out of fashion with beekeepers because of the complexity of its construction and use.

Bedwyr built the sculpture as a live event and in the company of local beekeepers, who were on hand to talk about bee-keeping, sell honey products and serve mead. The event  celebrated the end of Wysing's Year of the Improbable. 

Laure Prouvost and Francesco Pedraglio, The Lot, 2011

During their residency, the Department of Wrong Answers, Laure Prouvost & Francesco Pedraglio created a new video, billboard, signs and an installation within Amphis (renamed Jody’s bar by the artists). The works provided mesmerizing juxtapositions of images, text and sound with a focus on broken up narrative. All of the interconnected pieces arose from the artists’ short story The Lot which humorously depicts a fictitious department’s desperate work environment; an obscure camp dedicated to search for unrecognizable objects and dig abstract ideas from muddy meadows. Their billboards remain on view around the site.

In the background of this photo is Andy Holden's Boulder Stage, 2010, which was created during his residency in 2010 and which has since been removed.

Hilary Koob-Sassen, Mannerist Bollards, 2012

Produced during his residency in 2011 as part of the Department of Psychedelic Studies, Hilary Koob-Sassen's Mannerist Bollards, 2012, serve as a stage for a performance and as bolt plates capable of supporting a thousand kilos of sculptural elaboration. The sculpture's performance Twisting at the End of a Story, which was a live event  as part of the exhibition The Starry Rubric Set, saw elaborate figures and phrases of stoppage, punctuating a space between cultural narrative epochs.

Nilsson Pflugfelder,             2012

The work of Nilsson Pflugfelder (Magnus Nilsson and Ralf Pflugfelder) is situated on the intersection of critical spatial design, architecture, art and discourse. As a response to The Cosmos residency in 2012 they have proposed a large, gleaming outdoor structure to be situated in the grounds of Wysing. This galvanised steel triangle would act as a contemporary folly-like space with no obvious function and no obvious entrance. Although the sculpture would have a minimal, futuristic feel, its typology, proportions and atmosphere reference ancient structures. The lack of discernible purpose for this strangely rarefied space may give it the feeling of a site of pilgrimage.

David Blandy Crossroads 2009

David Blandy performed the soundtrack to his film Crossroads live at our music festival Be Glad for the Song Has No End in September 2010.

The film began as an investigation into the mythology surrounding the legendary Robert Johnson, a bluesman with three gravestones, 29 recorded songs and only two known photographs, who reputedly sold his soul to the devil at the crossroads.  Filmed in the heat of the Mississippi Delta, Crossroads was in part a portrait of a landscape still deeply, though not officially, segregated.

This replica plantation shack was originally constructed as a means to project the film, with the sound reverberating from within. It was not possible to see inside the shack, the curtains were closed with a light shining behind them. Viewers could sit on the back porch, on a rocking chair, to watch the film. At Wysing the original shack from Blandy’s touring exhibition, also called Crossroads, has been installed permanently at Wysing and will be used for future artists’ residencies and events. 

Crossroads was an Arts Council England National Touring Commission initiated by Spike Island and supported by 176, Zabludowicz Collection.


Rupert Norfolk, Beach, 2011

Beach was installed at Wysing following Rupert’s residency in 2013 as part of Convention T. The work was originally commissioned by the Fundament Foundation for the exhibition Lustwarande 2011 in Tilburg, Netherlands.

Norfolk cast an area of sand directly from the Solway Firth at low tide. Sixteen moulds were made to form a corresponding four-by-four grid pattern. This grid was cast repeatedly into 480 concrete paves that have been embedded in the woodland at Wysing.

David Osbaldeston, Two Way Mirror (after DG) 2013

Produced during David’s residency in 2013 as part of Convention T. Like a piece of irreverent graffiti. The work uses the same handwritten words in two different configurations either side of a pane of glass to prompt different states of looking or seeing.

Florian Roithmayr, Arrest, 2013 (Wysing’s Renault Kangoo van)

Produced during Florian’s residency in 2013 as part of Convention T. Using a new technique beloved by car-modification communities, the artist has transformed Wysing's otherwise unremarkable Renault Kangoo into a new mobile artwork.

Luke Abbott, Wysing Forest Suite, Parts 1 to 6, 2012

Composed during Luke’s time as our first ever musician-in-residence in 2012 as part of The Forest. Please ask for a set of headphones and mp3 player from Wysing's Reception to listen to the work as you walk around the site.