Studio Weave’s country house ‘listening trumpets’ have opened to the public
The up-and-coming practice landed the contest to design a contemporary art commission at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire, back in March.
The practice saw off competition from Berlin-based Nilsson Pflugfelder with Beatrice Galilee, MSA with Gruff and Fran Balaam of Pie with Cristina Monteiro of Muf, as well as AJ Small Projects Sustainability Award-winner NEX, to scoop the National Trust-run contest.
According to the firm, the four huge listening horns which are ‘embedded into the landscape’ act as giant remote ears allowing visitors to connect to the world in a new way.
A statement reads: ‘These sculptures will ask you to pause a moment and listen to the sounds of the sky, woodlands, and water. They will magnify the hidden sounds of the environment, enabling visitors to experience the landscape as a world of sound and to listen to what they might not otherwise hear.’
Studio Weave’s scheme was praised by the contest judges for having the most appeal to children and for its focus on the ‘sound’ of the estate, as well as its looks.
Kedleston Hall is owned by the National Trust and was designed by architects James Paine, Matthew Brettingham and Robert Adam in 1759.
The shortlisted teams each received £400 to develop their final submissions and Studio Weave was handed £60,000 to realise the project.