Wooden Henges

Three Wooden Henges have been installed on the path at Birkdale, near the Weld Road car park. They are  in a small patch  of wetland   – perfectly sited with the artwork representing rare and endangered plant species in the area.

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These forms were inspired by the flora of the Birkdale hills and were used to inspire three Go with the Flow groups to make flowers and plant forms out of delicately twisted coloured wire.

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These were then set in resin inside recesses in the wooden henges, each one cut out by hand by Phill.

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When the three Henges were ready they were loaded onto a trailer, taken on site and unloaded, under Pepper’s watchful eye..

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and hauled into place

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so that digging could start.

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It was hot work –

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carefully monitored…

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only pausing  to rescue a toad deep in one of the holes..

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Finally the holes were deep enough to lift each Henge upright and set then in place.

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Making a beautiful trio.

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Thank you Go with the Flow Bootle and Southport. and Free Flow, Formby.

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Glazing the Clay Feet

After the bisque firing we went to the Southport Ceramic Studio to see the clay feet. We were really thrilled with the way they turned out, with strong imprints of toes and feet.

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Everyone at the family day workshop had done a great job of rolling on the plants and there is a lovely mixture of both bold and delicate forms.

Glazing Clay Footprints (15)There are over 40 feet – including animal paw prints – that we will be able to choose from for the wall. We spent 3 hours painting on glazes and oxides and rubbing them into the delicate plant traceries.Glazing Clay Footprints (12)

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Under the guidance of Chris

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Then into the kiln for the final firing

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Once fired they look absolutely beautiful, especially against a plank of 7000 year old bog oak

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Next stage is building the wall…