2017: XXX

In 2017 Steve Messam’s fascinating site-specific installations transformed the surrounding landscape and buildings.

SCATTERED

A mass of spheres up to 4 metres in diameter floated like huge, opaque bubbles on the surface of the lake. These pure white shapes disrupted the wide-open space of the water, playing with its scale, surface and light.

POINTED

Sitting within the former gatehouse and Pekingese stud, filling the void inside the building, this re-imagined roofline rose over three metres into the air, like an explosion frozen in time.

TOWERED

Emerging from the curved walls of the ruin of the old laundry near the beck, its column-like forms stood over eight metres high.

THE ARTIST

Steve Messam is an environmental artist based in County Durham who has worked internationally and mainly outside a gallery context for over two decades. His temporary installations re-imagine the everyday, interrupting historical places and vacant architecture to enable new ways of seeing the
familiar. He says of this new project:

“I was interested in what makes Mellerstain special. The main house is a rare complete Robert Adam building and the historical significance of the Reginald Blomfield redesigned gardens that make Mellerstain a true architectural gem.

“The pieces draw on that architectural significance, both in the use of historical buildings and the designed landscape. As interventions they speak the language of scale and are all bigger than a house.”