Classical meets contemporary as LeWitt comes to Houghton Hall

One of Britain's most famous stately gardens is to sport a work of art by one of the world's most famous modern minimalist masters.

Houghton Hall will unveil the work by cult figure Sol LeWitt next year in its formal gardens, said the Marquess of Cholmondeley, who owns the Norfolk home.

The garden, with rose and Italianate areas, pleached limes and a rustic temple, also has modern sculptures by James Turrell, Richard Long and Stephen Cox.

LeWitt was one of the biggest names in minimalism and hundreds of solo exhibitions have taken his towers, pyramids and geometric forms to an international audience.

"Putting contemporary works in a classical garden is to make them part of the landscape but in their own worlds, to be discovered by visitors," said the marquess.

Recent years have seen much of the garden return to the 18th-century pattern laid out by previous owner Sir Robert Walpole. Historian professor Tom Williamson helped reinstate original planting.


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