Nick Hornby

This summer Glyndebourne will be presenting Sculpture (1504-2017), an exhibition of new work by British artist Nick Hornby.

Sculptures will be on display in the gardens and the house. In each piece Hornby has hybridised key historic artworks: visitors may recognise fragments of Michelangelo, Rodin, Brancusi and Matisse in his work.

Hornby’s works are created through complex processes involving both high-tech production methods and traditional handcrafted techniques. Both the computer and hand are put to use to create large-scale silhouettes and forms in bronze, marble or resin. These art works provide shifting perspectives and viewpoints (both physical and metaphorical) of the art object, and the histories it is tied to.



Photo courtesy of the artist.

Highlights of the exhibition include The Present is Just a Point, on view in the Organ Room, and God Bird Drone, situated by the lake. Both works take inspiration from Michelangelo’s David. God Bird Drone will be accompanied by a video shot by surveillance drone, which will be available to view online.

Hornby says:

‘This stunning Elizabethan house is powered by a modern wind turbine. It’s an inspiring juxtaposition – the classic geometries of England Renaissance architecture alongside the smooth and curvilinear rotor blades of the turbine. The pieces I’m bringing to Glyndebourne are about art history and narratives, but also, form and engineering.’

Gus Christie, Executive Chairman of Glyndebourne, said:

‘Hornby is a young sculptor whose interest across art, architecture and music is expressed in these stunning sculptures.’

Sculpture (1504-2017) can be enjoyed by all Festival ticket holders from 20 May to 27 August 2017.


Nick Hornby is a British artist living and working in London. He has exhibited in the UK, the US, Switzerland, Greece, and India, including Tate Britain, The Southbank Centre and The Museum of Arts and Design in New York. He has been awarded several Prizes including the Clifford Chance Sculpture Prize, RBKC Artists’ Professional Development Bursary, the Deidre Hubbard Sculpture Award, and the BlindArt Prize. He was also shortlisted for the inaugural Spitalfields Sculpture Prize and the Mark Tanner Sculpture Prize. For more information see here.