Ascot will be the home of five CASS Sculpture Foundation exhibits for the next 12 months.
Installed this week, the showpieces will be displayed all year round, including Royal Ascot, and were created by Northern Irish artist Ellis O’Connell.
Pieces including the ‘Polar Bear’ and the ‘Stem’ add some height and imagery to the already stunning Ascot backdrop and racegoers will be able to view the work up close.
The CASS Sculpture Foundation exhibits will be situated on the Plaza Lawns and the Royal Enclosure Gardens.
O’Connell was born in Derry, Northern Ireland, in 1953. She studied at Crawford School of Art, Cork 1970–74; Massachusetts College of Art, Boston 1974–75 and again at Crawford 1975–77. She currently divides her time between London and Cork in the Republic of Ireland.
One of the main sculptures is the Curve to Point (above). Both the title and the form of Curve to point indicate that this is an object with a stark adherence to formalism. However, nature quickly manifests itself, producing an object that oscillates between object and environment, nature and culture, mathematics and symbolism.
CASS is funded by sculpture sales, consultancy income and philanthropy.
All of the works on display are available for sale, with proceeds split equally between the artist and CASS in order to facilitate new commissions. In the past 23 years, CASS has raised and invested over £43,000,000 into over 250 Artists. This policy fosters a cycle of creativity, realised on a monumental scale.
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