Not an April Fools! Preparations begin for truly giant glass candlesticks outside Waddesdon Manor

An artist's impression of how the sculptures will look

An artist's impression of how the sculptures will look

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Waddesdon Manor gardeners are in the process of preparing the ground to receive a giant new art installation, which will no doubt prompt some strong views from visitors.

A pair of giant candlesticks made from glass wine bottles will be situated on the iconic North Front of the historic manor.

Gardeners preparing the ground at Waddesdon Manor for the artwork

Gardeners preparing the ground at Waddesdon Manor for the artwork

The artwork will completely change visitors’ first view of the manor as they will see the 7 metre tall candlesticks immediately as they walk up the drive.

The installation required planning permission which has been granted for a period of five years.

No one at the manor is able to confirm who commissioned the piece of contemporary artwork.

The manor, and especially the North Front, is frequently used by film companies, but no one at the manor could say how the modern art will affect the filming of period dramas.

Gardeners preparing the ground at Waddesdon Manor for the installation of the candlesticks sculpture by Joana Vasconcelos

Gardeners preparing the ground at Waddesdon Manor for the installation of the candlesticks sculpture by Joana Vasconcelos

The candlesticks, by Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos, will be set on a steel armature and lit from within by fibre optic strands.

The intention is that they symbolise the Rothschild family’s connection to the world of wine.

They are also intended as a reminder of Waddesdon’s tradition of hospitality and the pleasures of the table, as well as a response to the collections inside the house.

They will be erected later this month.

The current iconic view of Waddesdon Manor

The current iconic view of Waddesdon Manor