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Inspired by his forays into the gardens at Mount Stuart, Abbas Akhavan’s installation in the vaulted sandstone crypt titled variations on a folly, incorporates elements from the surrounding areas into the underbelly of the house. The new work reflects the artist’s ongoing explorations into spaces and species from nearby grounds, in particular the domesticated landscapes and woodlands at Mount Stuart.

The project continues with an audio work to be experienced during a walk from the house through the grounds, past meandering streams, to the vegetable gardens. The work oscillates between the wonder and revelation of sight and the classification of birds. This sensory journey loops round to the glass pavilion in the walled kitchen garden. Installed in the abundance of semi tropical plantings, a video work titled slug, ruminates on the form of the common snapdragon, and its visual associations to the face and the function of speech. This work continues to illustrate Akhavan’s meditative approach which he applies to his project at Mount Stuart and the interplay between the human form, the architectures, and the planted landscapes at Mount Stuart.

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Mount Stuart House and Gardens

Rothesay, Isle of Bute, Argyll, PA20 9LR

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Café (self-service): 11am-3pm
House (self-guided): 12-3pm

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