The Walls Have Ears2015
Work produced during the first residency within the National Trust's Penrhyn Castle Property.
"The neo-Norman style of Thomas Hopper’s Penrhyn building includes many cleverly carved depictions of carved grotesque creatures and people within the architectural detailing: the walls at Penrhyn really do have ears, (and faces and mouths). What if they could relate stories of what they had seen, voice their opinions, pass judgement?"
Sara Roberts, Project Curator
Artist Alec Stevens has animated some of the grotesques by making articulated masks of those in the Library, and wearing them while lip-synching snatched stories about the castle from volunteer staff, and the reactions of visitors.
Words by Sara Roberts