Update 13.9.17 Living Art Sculpture coming to life! - Friends members Pete Grainger and Val Morley (in photo above with watering can) adding some "life" by planting alpines in and around the Living Art Sculpture.
Living Art Sculpture unveiled - the contemporary work of art was ‘opened’ on Wednesday, 23rd August by the Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council, Councillor Mike Cresswell.
Designed and constructed by University Centre Weston’s Contemporary Art and Professional Studies Degree students, the structure is made of approximately five hundred bricks which have been hand sculpted and fired at Weston College. Alongside the living elements, the key inspiration for the sculpture has been drawn from old brick kilns around the area. It will provide a habitat and haven for wildlife and will encourage insects such as lacewings and beetles to make their home within the structure. Over time, mosses and lichens will make themselves at home in all the nooks and crannies, not only on the base, but all over the sculpture.
The sculpture was assembled by the Weston College’s Technology Engineering and Construction faculty and other bricks were kindly donated by Ibstock Bricks of Almondsbury.
The project was a partnership between Friends of Apex Park Improvements Group and Sedgemoor District Council and the University Centre Weston.
Update 21/6/17 - construction will be underway soon! The tools and bricks have been delivered and it will be constructed by the students on Wednesday 28th and Friday 30th June 2017.
Update 14/9/16 - the postion of the sculpture has been changed and will now be on the north side grass bank close to where the two lakes join.
Date: 6th April, 2016
You said, and we listened – Refreshed Apex Park living sculpture design.
Staff at Sedgemoor District Council have been working with the Friends of Apex Park and Weston College’s Contemporary Art and Professional Studies Degree students to design and then install some form of living sculpture in the park.
Last month we shared the draft living sculpture design and asked for feedback on it. Constructive feedback was received through the formal consultation process, and concerns were also raised through informal channels such as on social media; the majority of any negative feedback was in relation to the draft designs appearance. To ensure the sculpture is as visually appealing as possible, whilst accepting art often has a very individual response and the sculpture will be a living habitat for plants and wildlife haven and therefore falls outside the boundary of traditional art, we have reviewed the draft design.
The project still aims to create a 8ft living sculpture on the grass mound at Apex Park ( which is situated on the Parsons Road side of the park) but with a revised design. The refreshed design offers a more obvious kiln-like appearance with darker glazing on the bricks, hanging plants to introduce wildlife and greenery straight from installation and a straighter top to the structure.
Sedgemoor’s Ecologist said ‘It is crucial that the refreshed design will continue to provide a habitat and haven for wildlife, especially the dwindling bee and insect populations and provide an opportunity for nesting sites for mason and leaf cutter bees that lay their eggs in cavities in walls and trees. The sculptures appearance will be reminiscent of a clay flowerpot filled with plants. It will also encourage insects such as lacewings and beetles to make their home here. Over time mosses and lichens will make themselves at home in all the nooks and crannies not only on the base but all over the sculpture’.
Sedgemoor’s Parks Officer said ‘Alongside the living elements the key inspiration for the sculpture has been drawn from the areas old brick kilns. The design and an accompanying interpretation board will help to remind park visitors of the local heritage regarding the huge brick industry in the area. We were not looking for a traditional sculpture with this project but something a little more inspiring in relation to the area’s history and the need for the sculpture to house plants and wildlife. We have listened to the feedback and reviewed the design accordingly and hope to have works starting on-site in the summer after Playday’.
The sculpture will still cost £800 which will be funded by Sedgemoor District Council’s Parks budget.