Ionic Temple – Uncommon Lustre
The Ionic Temple is a Grade II*-listed folly at Wentworth Woodhouse. It sits at the end of the 2000 feet long Ha-Ha, with views across vast areas of parkland. The installation takes stories from the archives, going back to 1536, printed on silk to emphasize the integration of the history and landscape. Visitors enter the temple to view the stories.
Each panel tells a story, from an indenture of marriage in 1536, through the death of the Earl’s son, and a ‘tourist’ review in the 18th Century, the destruction of the gardens for worthless coal in the 1940s, to the faded – but rearising – glory of the house today.
Archival material was used to create digital collages. These were printed onto silk using the cyanotype process.