The ‘meaning’ of an art work can be significantly changed by the context in which it is presented. Location, scale, space, colour, light, background, texture etc., all impact on our interpretation of the subject itself. There is a sense in which they become an integral part of the art work. Any change to the negative space surrounding the subject affects its interpretation. (Many of the critics of Carl Ande’s Equivalent VIII, saw only a neat stack of bricks: they failed to see the interrelationship between the sculpture and its context, its environment.)
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Tout Quarry produced stone commercially from around 1750 until the 1930’s. The disused quarry was ‘reincarnated’ in 1983 as a sculpture park using mainly local materials. It established a regular programme of artist residencies (the first was Anthony Gormley) together with stone carving and sculpture courses.
The site covers 40 acres and more than 70 exhibits (some complete, others work in progress) are integrated into the natural environment.
Tout Quarry is also a nature reserve attracting an extensive range of wild flowers, plants, moths and butterflies.