Giant candlesticks set to alter iconic view of Waddesdon Manor

How the sculptures could look
How the sculptures could look

The iconic approach to Waddesdon Manor could soon feature two giant sculptures made out of wine bottles.

The seven metre (23ft) high, three metre (10ft) wide candlesticks would be made from recycled green wine bottles – which architects Peter Inskip and Peter Jenkins say are perfect for the house, famous for its hospitality.

Artist Joana Vasconcelos would create the artworks, which would be installed on the north front of the historic house and would become part of the iconic main view of the building.

The project is subject to planning permission from Aylesbury Vale District Council.

In their statement to the council the architects said: “Her work is in a number of public and private collections. She aims to re-present and subvert everyday objects, often manipulating notions of scale and form.

“She is particularly in the role of women in contemporary society, and objects associated with them, and also in the relationship between public and private space.

“In their re-use of objects as ubiquitous as wine bottles, these giant objects merge the legacies of the ready-made, nouveau realisme and post-modernism.

“At Waddesdon, a house famous for hospitality from its creation to the present day, the candlesticks are a reminder of the pleasures of the table, and the value of domesticity as well as linking the collections inside the house with the outside world.”

Joana Vasconcelos lives and works in Lisbon. She has exhibited internationally, most recently in a major solo exhibition at the Chateau de Versailles and in 2014 at the Manchester City Art Gallery.