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Kedleston Hall hearing trumpets let visitors listen to a landscape

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Everyone expects to gaze on glorious vistas when they visit landscape gardens and parks, but at Kedleston Hall near Derby, they can listen to them too, thanks to the installation of four giant hearing trumpets in the grounds.

A new walk through the parkland originally designed by Robert Adam will lead visitors to the artworks, called Hear Heres, which magnify the sounds of the woodlands, sky and water, offering a new way to experience the landscape.

The sculptures also reference Kedleston Hall’s role during the Second World War when it was used as a listening station by British Signals Intelligence.

The Hear Heres were designed by Studio Weave, the art and architecture practice behind the UK’s Longest Bench in Littlehampton and the Floating Cinema, and are part of Playful Landscapes, a new contemporary art programme at National Trust properties in the East Midlands.

The walk at its maximum is one and a half hours long but shorter routes are also available. There will also be guided walks led by volunteers and experts which focus on different subjects relating to the sculptures and their surroundings: architecture, art, nature, and trees.

More information about the Hear Heres and the new walk can be found at www.playfullandscapes.co.uk and further visitor information for Kedleston Hall is available at: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kedleston-hall.

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