Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos has crafted a monumental installation adjacent to a 19th-century dairy farm originally built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild for entertaining guests. Dubbed the "Wedding Cake," the 12-meter high pavilion stands on the English estate and serves as a marvel of contemporary art and architecture.
Commissioned by the Rothschild Foundation, the "cake" is fully clad in decorative ceramic tiles. It offers an immersive experience, inviting visitors to ascend its winding internal staircases and wander through its tiers.
"The idea was to create something that adds not only to the landscape but also to the rich history of the estate. It’s a dialogue between the 19th-century dairy farm and contemporary art, a dialogue that we hope will stimulate conversations about art, history, and the environment," said a spokesperson for the Rothschild Foundation.
This towering "Wedding Cake" pavilion stands as an example of how art can harmoniously integrate with historical settings. It serves not only as a conversation starter but also as an embodiment of the creativity that characterizes both the estate and the Rothschild Foundation's commitment to enriching cultural landscapes. Visitors to the English estate will now find themselves invited to engage in a multi-layered experience, both metaphorically and literally, as they ascend the cake's tiers.