Brantwood – Site Specific Sculpture, UK

Claire Davenhall and fellow Lecturer James Douglas took a group of National Diploma Art and Design Students up to Brantwood in the Lake District National Park to construct a large scale site specific sculpture in the grounds of John Ruskin’s former home at Brantwood.

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The grounds are built on a steep wooded area over looking Lake Coniston in Cumbria. A large number of fallen trees provided a valuable resource for the sculpture which needed to be cleared and sorted on the steep slope of the site.

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It was decided that the sculpture should cascade down the hill in the form of a natural wooden waterway, meandering over and round boulders.

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Starting with the largest and heaviest of the logs at the gate and finishing with the smaller branches and twigs at the bottom to give a rippling effect and the sculpture comes to a conclusion.

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 Wooden Waterway 2005

The completed work is over 100m and will slowly return to the earth from which it came.


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