Forest of Dean plans extension to sculpture trail

Subject to council approval, visitors to the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire will be able to enjoy a new art sculpture trail. 

Forest of Dean plans extension to sculpture trail

Organised by the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust, the planned ‘Forest to Forest’ trail will run alongside an existing sculpture trail. It will feature eight new artworks, including a canopy made of 1,600 recycled plastic bottles. 

Other artworks exhibited will be wildflower paintings and a poem cut into a steel cylinder. The artworks will not be fenced off or feature any explanatory signage, so visitors can fully immerse themselves in the art and the environment. 

These new artworks have been funded by the government’s Cultural Recovery Fund, from which the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust received a grant of £27,550 in April 2021. 

Cathay Mager, Head of Programme at the Trust, said “The Sculpture Trail has continued to be a vital setting for escape and relaxation for local people through the recent lockdown – and we’re looking forward to welcoming back visitors from further afield this summer”.

In an average year, the Forest of Dean welcomes 2.5 million day visitors who bring over £1 million annually to the local economy. 

The Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail was originally established in 1986 as a joint project between the Arnolfini Gallery in Bristol and the Forestry Commission.  If approved by the Forest of Dean Council by 16 June, the new trail will be on display for six months. 

Header Image Credit: "Fire and Water Boats, Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail, Gloucestershire" by mira66 is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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