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High Lodge Future Forest trail opened by artists




A series of sculptures and art installations were unveiled at High Lodge, Thetford Forest, as part of the Forestry Commission’s 100 year celebrations last week.

The 10 life-size sculptures for the Future Forest trail were created by internationally renowned artist Lisa Wright and are set within six installations made by British theatre set designer Tom Piper – best known for his ceramic poppy installation, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, at the Tower of London, in 2014.

At the launch event on October 3, Lisa said: “It is quite a triumphant moment to see them now in the forest here and I think we have both finally realised what we set out to do,

Tom Piper, second left, and Lisa Wright, third left, with Matthew Jeffries and Ellen Devine of the Forestry Commission	Picture Forestry Commission
Tom Piper, second left, and Lisa Wright, third left, with Matthew Jeffries and Ellen Devine of the Forestry Commission Picture Forestry Commission

“I do feel a little like I am now leaving my children in the forest, they are totally my creations, literally from the conception of the idea and having that kind of sense of wanting them to step out of my paintings into this extraordinary environment they are in now, it just feels like an other worldly magical process that has happened.”

The bio-resin figures are based on classical sculptures, such as the Venus de Milo and the renaissance masterpiece David, by Michaelangelo.

The structures, including one representing a warren lodge, are all brightly coloured and partly inspired by the forestry spray paints used to mark trees and trails.

The Cloud Venus sculpture next to Lisa Wright's painting that inspired itPicture by Steve Tanner (19023023)
The Cloud Venus sculpture next to Lisa Wright's painting that inspired itPicture by Steve Tanner (19023023)

Tom said: “I hope our fantastic collaboration will encourage people into parts of the forest they maybe didn’t know were there, and give that sort of playfulness, like a child discovering something new.

“Having done the big poppy installations around the country I have seen the value of bringing large art projects to places like this and I hope people will see them as being rather special and having a sort of spiritual quality as the custodians of the forest in the future.”

The Future Forest trail will be at High Lodge, in Thetford Forest, until May 30, 2020.


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