Artist Hilary Jack is drawn to dream in gardens of Warwickshire Tudor mansion Packwood

By Christian Engel | 01 July 2014

Three new installations at the National Trust’s Packwood in Warwickshire transform everyday objects into extraordinary art

A photo of a house in a wood
© Jana Eastwood
The constructions InsideOutHouse, Embedded and Hive, by artist Hilary Jack, oscillate between the mundane and the extraordinary.

InsideOutHouse is a cottage that is part Grimm witch dwellings, part the snug hobbit shacks dreamed by Tolkien, merging home comforts with strange architecture.

Embedded is an open air Tudor bed of gargantuan dimensions. Reminiscent of the historic beds within the mansion, it takes a remark about Packwood by a visitor in the 1930s literally: “A house to dream of, a garden to dream in.”

Hive is a network of miniature huts between the bushes and walls of the formal gardens.

Made from wood found around the property, it is an homage to the generations of gardeners that took care of the estate.

Jack was inspired by Packwood’s original Follies – short theatrical entertainments performed in the 1920s - and by Graham Baron Ash, the last private owner of Packwood, who restored the house during the 1900s, recreating a Tudor mansion through antique and replicated furniture, panelling and fireplaces.

Jack works across media in research-based projects which often involve the collection and repair of found objects.

In recent years she has built a reputation for large scale outdoor artworks in heritage spaces, and galleries.

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