Artist Frances Disley has created a new trail of sculptural artworks for Halewood Triangle Park in collaboration with residents from Halewood.
The forest is a place that enriches and supports the community – a place to meet, gather and share stories. This trail of sculptures tells the human tales of Halewood intertwined with the wisdom of the trees. It brings to life the unique stories of the area and explores the special relationship between residents of Halewood and this forest.
Throughout history, various tree species have been considered to have special qualities. Artist Frances Disley has paired stories and memories collected from local residents, with tree species in the forest, to represent the coexistence of people and place.
These sculptures are made from stoneware clay. Frances’ process included hand painting using coloured slips and underglazes onto the clay before taking through a series of firing stages, making the work able to withstand the elements.
The idea of creating a trail is also inspired by mapping and the way people move through time and pass on stories – community networks mirroring mycelial networks (root-like structures of a fungus found in and on soil).