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Orpheus at Boughton

for The Duke of Buccleuch,
2007 - 2009

Boughton Park is an early eighteenth century garden of land and water; avenues and vistas; rhythm and reflection.

The current Duke of Buccleuch has begun the massive task of restoring the gardens and commissioned Kim Wilkie to create a new feature on the empty space opposite the great Mount.

The new space is inspired by the scale, mass and elements of the historic landscape. An Orphean Hades has been created to complement the Olympian Mount.

The inverted grass pyramid descends 7 metres below the level of the restored terraces. Walking around the landscape, the new design is invisible, but drawing near to the mount, a gentle grass path spirals down to a square pool of still water deep underground. The water reflects the sky, a little like an inverted James Turrell occulus.