Sunday, July 2, 2017

The Lake District - Grizedale Forest

In 1998, John and I biked through England for two weeks. In truth, John biked while I mostly pushed my 70+ lb bike and loaded panniers up the many mountains we traversed to/around the Lake District.

One of the towns we were to spend a night in before continuing on our way to Scotland was Hawkshead. It was such a heavenly little village that we ended up staying for 3 or 4 days and that's how we discovered Grizedale.

Larch Arch, Jim Patridge & Liz Walmsley, 1990

A working forest with miles of hiking trails, its site specific art made from materials found in the forest caught our interest.

Art was created with the expectation and  intention that a some point, Mother Nature would reclaim it.

Concrete Country, Lucy Tomlins, sited 2012

John and I hiked the trails, noticing small sculptures by the paths. It wasn't until later that we realized these were markers placed near the path to indicate art in the woods.

Red Sandstone Fox, Gordan Young, 1991

We returned the next summer for two weeks of hiking. Grizedale was at the top of our list of places to visit. I don't remember if we covered the full art trail in one day or two, 

Some Fern, Kerry Morrison, 1997

but the magnificence of the installations, the appropriateness of placement, material and impact has stayed with us. I often considered applying for a residency to create my own installation, but never did.

Some Fern detail, Kerry Morrison, 1997

Nearly 20 years later, we brought our daughters to see this favored spot.

Romeo, Rupert Ackroyd & Owen Bullet, 2011
There are new pieces, such as Romeo.

Romeo detail, Rupert Ackroyd & Owen Bullet, 2011

Romeo, Rupert Ackroyd & Owen Bullet, 2011

Please Close the Gate (Picket Fence), Gregory Scott-Gurner, 1998

Please Close the Gate (Picket Fence), Gregory Scott-Gurner, 1998  

Taking a Wall for a Walk, Andy Goldsworthy, 1990

My first introduction to Andy Goldsworthy was his Taking a Wall for Walk. Now practically invisible midst huge ferns, the stacked stone wall weaves its way through the forest and trees.

Taking a Wall for a Walk, Andy Goldsworthy, 1990

 In 1999, the fern garden was a grassy meadow with a stone wall meandering through it.

This sheep is one of several that we saw on our last visit. Many are now unrecognizable as being other than a large bit of wood. This little fellow has weathered well.

Ancient Forester 2, David Kemp, 1995

Near the visitors center is one of my favorites, Ancient Forester 2. When we entered Grizedale and passed by this gentle giant, I stopped to say hi. I stopped again as we departed, to say goodbye and to thank for forest for another memorable day.

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