Energy – the four intense blue, tall stoneware ceramics now located at the North entrance to the house and by its exit outside the Orangery – are by Alexander Macdonald-Buchanan. They were displayed in the courtyard between September and October 2016.
Energy forms part of Macdonald-Buchanan's Quest series. It is a body of work that explores the relationship between physical strength and mental energy.
As he explains: "The Energy series portrays not only our physical power but also the intense mental energy that underpins our ability to be dynamic, creative, passionate, single minded and to possess mental strength. It seemed appropriate that a twist form (which has potential energy inherently locked into the structure), together with the vibrant matt blue glaze would be a powerful symbol of these facets."