Hydraulic Colony

2013 marked the 150th anniversary of Cragside and a series of events took place to commemorate the occasion.  The events were designed to share Lord and Lady Armstrong’s pioneering vision.

I have previously posted a picture of the carpet bedding that was planted in the formal gardens to celebrate the occasion. Another project on display throughout the season was the ‘Building Dreams: Artworks’.   Four artworks were installed at various locations around the Cragside estate.  The works included sailing dinghies on Nelly’s Moss Lake, a live electrical experiment in Cragside House, an art installation featuring over a thousand model cranes and trucks at the Pinetum and a projection inside the house.

I was able to photograph three of them and in this post I feature Hydraulic Colony by rednile projects.  My walk to this feature led to my chance encounter with Douglas.

This work focuses on the achievements of Lady Armstrong who was pivotal in altering the landscape of Cragside by importing millions of North American Pines.

rednile have created their own ‘alien species’ in the lush green of the Pinetum, a sculpture made up of hundreds of childrens toys with hydraulic parts.

The work also references  Lord Armstrong’s influence in the industrial revolution and celebrates the notion of  ’playing’, which is how rednile believe he made many of his discoveries.

rednile projects are artist Suzanne Hutton, Michael Braithwaite and Janine Goldsworthy who are based in the North East and Yorkshire.

Hydraulic Colony

Hydraulic Colony

Hydraulic Colony

*Information taken from a plaque by the installation.

10 Comments CherryPie on Feb 25th 2014

10 Responses to “Cragside – Building Dreams”

  1. Ginnie says:

    This is so fun, Cherry, especially as you zoom-zoom in. Don’t you wonder how long it took him/her to think this up!

  2. lisl says:

    An unusal project, Cherie, and your pictures are so clear to see the detail easily

  3. james higham says:

    The less said the better about that.

  4. So what are they going to do with all these toy cars after the exhibition? ;)

  5. Astrid says:

    Subsidized art…. I love the idea. Great shot.