Packwood Follies Embedded – National Trust Packwood House

It was a privilege to be invited by the National Trust to attend the opening of Packwood Follies.
Packwood Follies are three commissions by artist Hilary Jack entitled InsideOutHouse, Embedded and Hive located around the grounds of National Trust Packwood House, Warwickshire.

– This is the second in a series of blogs from the opening event.

The previous weeks weather had been glorious sunshine, blue sky and fluffy white clouds, today however was different ….rain, not ideal you might think for walking around the grounds of a large country estate but it was a thoroughly enjoyable day sharing lots of laughter, catching up with friends, having fun and puddle splashing! So don’t be put off by the weather, get out and enjoy

Hilary Jack has designed and created beautiful structures from reclaimed objects, chairs, cupboards, draw fronts & windows and turned the “junk” into fantastic works of art. The pieces are staggeringly beautiful, most people would just throw away broken pieces of furniture but Hilary has revived what could be destined to a skip into something that I will certainly be visiting again and bringing my family to see it.

First glimpse of “Embedded”, a giant hand carved four poster Oak bed frame using felled Oak and covered with turf.  Inspired by a quote from the 1930s visitors book, describing Packwood as ‘a house to dream of, a garden to dream in’ it’s another fantastic piece of sculpture by Hilary Jack.
DSC_0412 SusanGuy_Packwood House_PackwoodFollies cHilary welcoming all of the invited guests to the launch and thanking everyone for their dedication to attending regardless of the rain & soggy conditions.
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DSC_0421 SusanGuy_Packwood House_PackwoodFollies cIf the weather wasn’t quite so wet or I had worn more waterproof clothing I would have layed on the grass bed and looked up at the world. On the next visit that is exactly what I intend to do, the view will be magnificent, laying there looking at the blue sky, imagining clouds into animals & dreaming. Maybe I will feel like the Princess laying on the bed piled high with mattress’ in Hans Christian Anderson’s Princess and the Pea?

Gloomy skies were brightened up with a sea of multicoloured umbrellas!
DSC_0430 SusanGuy_Packwood House_PackwoodFollies cAn impromptu story from Gavin Young, one of the performers attending the day to tell stories, sing songs entertain the visitors & feel inspired by the surroundings.
SusanGuy_Packwood House_PackwoodFollies DSC_0428 0429 0431After lunch the sun came out briefly and I couldn’t wait to walk back around the lake for some sunny shots
DSC_0784 SusanGuy_Packwood House_PackwoodFollies cLook at the amazing view you get from across the lake and how the wood seems to shine and glow with the sunlight
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– The Packwood Follies was funded by a Cadbury Play Grant, with technical assitance from JP Art Services & Architectural drawings by Melissa Hunt.


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