Annie Cattrell, 2008

Echo responds to the forest’s geological history, and to the material nature of the landscape. Nestled directly in front of the span of rock which inspired it, Annie Cattrell’s sculpture captures the forest’s carboniferous pennant sandstone as a single moment in time.

Echo was commissioned to commemorate the untimely death of one of the founders of the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail, Jeremy Rees, also founding director of the Arnolfini, Bristol.

The intricate sculpture is sited in a small quarry, replicating the exposed rocks of the quarry wall in fibreglass.

Echo was funded by the Arnolfini Collections Trust and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. Thanks also to Bombay Sapphire and the Speech House Hotel for their generous sponsorship.

About the Artist

Annie Cattrell was born in Glasgow and studied Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art and the University of Ulster, and Ceramics & Glass at the Royal College of Art. Cattrell is Reader in Fine Art and Research Group Leader in Fine Art and Photography at De Montfort University. Since 2014 she has been Lead Artist for the New Museum Site at Cambridge University, a ten-year major redevelopment. A n interdisciplinary artist, her practice is often informed by working with specialists in neuroscience, meteorology, engineering, psychiatry and the history of science. Solo exhibitions include Tranformation (Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge), Fathom (Pier Art Centre, Orkney) and From Within (Faraday Museum, London). She has undertaken many large-scale public art commissions, including 0 to 10,000,000 (Biochemistry Department, University of Oxford) and Resounding (Oxford Brookes University).