My Sculpture Trail Jaunt – First Stop: Silvas Capitalis, Kielder Water

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Silvas Capitalis by artist collective SIMPARCH 2009, is a popular piece on the Kielder Art and Architecture Trail, which I visited a couple of weeks ago.  It combines two of the favourite themes of P6 at Bridge of Allan – shelter and figurative. I’m also sympathetic to it’s construction method – layering and shaping – in this case without glue – inspiring.
The scale and scope Kielder Water and Forest Park and the Art and Architecture Trail within it is quite something. It would take a couple of days and some physical exertion to see all the works!
kielder view

All the more amazing to consider that until it was dammed in the 70’s this was an inhabited valley with a coal mine and railway! I wonder why none of the artworks on the trail make reference to this recent history?

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