Threshold by Natasha Rosling 2019
Threshold is a new permanent sculpture by artist Natasha Rosling sited by a sheltered woodland pond on the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail. Inspired by the ancient history of mining beneath the surface of the Forest of Dean, Threshold’s large interlocking walls take a crevice-like form that visitors can walk through and immerse themselves within.
The artist spent time at Clearwell Caves, an historic iron and ochre mine, to take moulds of hidden underground rock faces marked with the impressions of pick axe marks and dynamite blasts. A large formwork was then constructed on site in the forest, lined with a patchwork of these moulds. Over a period of one month, pigmented concrete was poured in stages to form vivid red ochre walls that boldly contrast with the woodland backdrop.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed delving into the Forest, its geology and human history during the development of Threshold. The stories and perspectives of all the people I’ve worked with during its making continue to inspire me and have been central to the work. I’m looking forward to seeing how Threshold evolves with the rhythms of its surroundings over time, offering an embodied place to pause and sense the forest.” Nastasha Rosling
It has been commissioned by the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust, in partnership with Forestry Commission England.
For more information about this commission, visit the artist’s website where many photos and details can be found about the artist’s research and making process.
Threshold was funded by the Forest and Tewkesbury Borough LEADER programme, part of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas. Additional funding from the Garfield Weston Foundation and Arts Council England. With thanks to Clearwell Caves and TARMAC.