Grizedale Forest 1992
Location : Ridding Wood Trail, Grizedale Forest Park, Cumbria
Commissioned by: The Grizedale Society/Northern Arts
As part of the rolling programme of residencies at Grizedale, I was invited to live and work at Grizedale for two months (September and October), to create two site specific sculptural seats. I spent a week walking in the forest, familiarising myself with the place and context. I also looked at many of the existing sculptures. I worked through a number of design possibilities, eventually arriving at two pieces which explored themes including natural cycles, decay and regeneration.
I sourced freshly felled Oak trees from Coniston water, and oversaw the milling process at Hawkshead sawmill, just a few miles down the road. The Grizedale Centre Workshop was made available to me, so I was able to construct both pieces under cover, with basic hand and machine tools.
We Free Kings and King's Table were both completed and sited in the last week of the residency. A cutting was created in the hillside to accommodate King's Table, and I worked with a local dry-stone waller to create the surrounding wall.