Photo Garry Loughlin. Copyright 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.
Artist Natasha Rosling said:
“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.”
It has been commissioned by the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust, in partnership with Forestry Commission England. Supported by funding from Arts Council England, European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development through the Forest and Tewkesbury LEADER scheme and the Garfield Weston Foundation.
Cathy Mager, Project Director for the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust said
“Natasha Rosling’s intelligent research and technical innovation has produced a sculpture of profound quality and scale in a beautiful forest setting. Threshold offers an exciting opportunity to explore traces of centuries old human activity imprinted on surface of the sculpture”
Judith Lack Recreation Manager for Forestry England in the Forest of Dean said
“It’s fantastic to have another new Sculpture on site. Inspired by our heritage here in the Forest of Dean, it is especially fitting as we celebrate our centenary year. We hope visitors to Beechenhurst will enjoy interacting with the Sculpture in a way the artist intended”
Threshold will be open to the public from 5th April 2019