A new creative installation has been unveiled in a Moorlands village. The ‘And The World Changed’ piece of art has been put in place in Tean.
A new creative installation has been unveiled in a Moorlands village.
The ‘And The World Changed’ piece of art has been put in place in Tean.
The Arts Council funded, long-term, outdoor installation has been created by Tean-based artist Emma Dawson Varughese.
Emma explained: “It is set across a 1/4 mile riverside, walking route in Tean, taking in Well Meadow Gardens, the recreation ground and around the back of Tean Hall Mills, known locally as ‘Birdcage’.
“Taking direct inspiration from the natural world, the installation uses six large logs to imagine what the last 12 months of Covid and its related ‘stilling’ of life has been like for the animals known to be in this area.
“The large logs reach around knee-level and the top is the size of a small patio table.
“The logs are worked on the cross section and each one includes a brass plaque, engraved with poetic/lyrical text and this is accompanied by visual artwork rendered through pyrography and decorative hardware.
“Two rural foxes run across one of the logs whilst a colourful Goldfinch meets a Sunflower on another.”
Emma has been working on the project since November last year and in addition to the making, each log carries a QR code which takes you through to a range of articles, materials, ‘conversation points’ and recommended ‘reads’, all on the subject of our interactions with the natural world and how ‘the world changed’ suddenly, early last year.
Year Six pupils from Great Wood School helped to officially launch the art installation on Monday (March 29).
A spokesman for the school said: “The year six pupils from Great Wood were lucky enough to spend a morning with the local artist, Emma, to discover how the concept came about and ask many questions about her creation.
“The pupils had learnt the poems engraved on the individual installations and they were recorded performing the poems, these audio recordings will be added to the artist’s website.”
The children loved the experience and were happy to share their thoughts on this exciting art project.
“Thank you to Emma for this inspiring artwork that has helped me understand about the animals coping during lockdown.”
“It is a kind gesture for the local community to enjoy and appreciate this amazing art.”
“It was wonderful to see all the intricate artwork and I can’t imagine all the hard work that went in to creating them.”
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