Brunt's Barn copse
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Sunday, March 31, 2019
Brunt's Barn copse, opposite Padley Chapel Grindleford Derbyshire S32 2JA.
Peak District National Park

The ‘Meaning of Trees’ aims to engage people in a conversation about what trees and the landscape mean for them. This is at a time of local and global concerns about deforestation and loss of natural habitats.  The bronze sculpture display is a response to ancient woodland, with bronze pieces that will glint and shine in the changing light within the circle of trees. Four bronze torques dress the trees in the four cardinal directions which centre on a large cloak made of 100 bronze oak leaves. The work is designed to engage the public who walk this well-loved footpath and they will be invited to record their thoughts on video, contribute to social media and take photographs and selfies.

The sculptures celebrate the native oak woodland. The stunted and twisted form of these trees were due to coppicing over successive centuries, resulting in their appearance of mythological beings with outstretched arms. Oaks have been seen as symbols of strength, longevity and the power of nature and these are potent forces within this era of environmental chaos. It also references the Bronze age peoples that lived in the Peak District from around 2,500 BC. This was a time of abundant forestation that fostered communities to settle and exchange metals and skills to work tools, weapons and ornaments such as ceremonial torques. ‘The Meaning of Trees’ links us to previous times with reminders of the past, and the portrayal of what is not there and who is left behind.

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