Laurence Edwards’ sculpture at Blenheim Palace

A set of striking bronze figures, Walking Men (2018-2022) by the British sculptor Laurence Edwards has taken up residence in the grounds of Blenheim Palace, where they will be on display until June 10.

A set of 'walking man' sculptures by Laurence Edwards
Image: Pete Seaward

The eight foot-tall figures are seen to be anti-heroic and seem to have come from the earth itself. Branches, leaves and clods of clay are woven through them, making it unclear where human and ground begin and end.

The raw materials from which they have been cast, have been pushed, pulled and gouged into shape ‘with a visceral energy that makes the artist’s act of creation palpable’.

Laurence Edwards said of his creation: “These five 8ft ancient bronze figures pass through an iconic English view, on their search for a place, where have they come from, where are they going, what are they thinking?”

A 'walking man' sculpture by Laurence Edwards
Image: Pete Seaward

​Heather Carter, Managing Director, Blenheim Palace, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Laurence Edwards’ five Walking Men to Blenheim Palace.

​”These remarkable pieces set against the backdrop of the Palace allow our visitors to experience art at its most incredible within an awe-inspiring setting. This installation is with us until 10th June 2024, and we encourage people to visit us quickly to enjoy and appreciate it.”