Its all go as we (Scraptors – Paul Boswell, Rachel Macleay, Anthony Wilson, and I) get ready to install over 70 sculptures at Stourhead. Months of preparation are finally coming to a head and we are looking forward to seeing it all in place. Some pieces, including my large steel Heron – to emerge from a lake – and Paul and Rachel’s life-size Horse will be quite a feat to install.
Other pieces are being created on site: I am in the process of constructing a large 3-4 metre scrap steel arch which will join with a wire nest, to overhang the woodland path. The nest will be made on site up a tall ladder.
Some work exists from a previous incarnation and will form part of the Trail. My giant 5 metre Spider, created last year for Glastonbury Festival, needed a bit of an update as its canned body had started to fade from sunlight. Georgia, my arty god-daughter, helped me add new bright cans and bottletops to give it new life.
The Scraptors have worked collaboratively, teamed with the National Trust at Stourhead to offer an enriching Trail which will thrill all ages. The extravagant show will make reference to the abundance of wildlife, history and mythology surrounding the Stourhead Estate. Visitors will be encouraged to explore the wider domain, beyond the usual lakeside route, with a sense of wonder as they discover works hidden in trees, emerging from lakes, crouching in woodland and even flying. Humour plays a large part in this quirky Sculpture Trail and it’s certainly worth a visit before the holidays end.
The Trail runs from 1st – 30th September in Stourhead Gardens (normal NT admission and times apply).