Sculpture Trail hosts national Arts Council and Forestry Commission event

A new four year partnership between Arts Council England and Forestry Commission

Arts Council England Chief Executive Darren Henley visited the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail on 11th July to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Forestry Commission that will bring engaging artworks to England’s public forests for the next four years.

The new partnership builds on the success of an initial Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two organisations in 2012, which resulted in the successful Forest Art Works programme.

“Woods and forests are an important part of England’s cultural history and it is important that they are a part of our contemporary arts.” Simon Hodgson, Chief Executive Officer, Forestry Commission England. 

For more information visit the Arts Council website and for more details on the national Forest Art Works programme visit their website

Monday 11th July, Beechenhurst, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. CEO's of the Forestry Commission England and Arts Council sign a memorandum of understanding to continue their arts collaboration at the FC's Beechenhurst centre before touring new installations on the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail.
Monday 11th July, Beechenhurst, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. CEO’s of the Forestry Commission England and Arts Council sign a memorandum of understanding to continue their arts collaboration at the FC’s Beechenhurst centre before touring new installations on the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail.

Henry Castle Installs Coal Measure Giants

[fusion_text]New sculpture installed featuring 300 million year old fossils

It has been an exciting week on the Sculpture Trail as Henry Castle nears the completion of his new sculpture Coal Measure Giants.

Coal Measure Giants brings to the surface aspects of what lies hidden beneath the Forest’s surface. Exploring the geological, industrial and sociological aspects of the Forest’s history, visitors will be able to touch the fossilized remains of 300 million year old trees and see the form of the mine shaft sets that provided a livelihood for generations of local freeminers. Two sculptures placed 300 metres apart act as markers, measuring the depth of the coal seam that lies directly below the ground. The workinvites the public to experience a physical expression of this vertical depth

Here are some sneak preview photos of the artwork being installed. More photos and video to follow!

Read our press release on our forthcoming new artworks and plans to celebrate our 30th anniversary: FODST 30th anniversary PR_FV2

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