…and the National Trust hides its art. Hidden Treasure

Hidden in Wall, barns, woodland and all through the valley. the environmental art has been in place for close to 10 years. But you do have to keep your eye out for it

Hidden in walls, barns, woodland and all through the valley. The environmental art has been in place for close to 10 years. But you do have to keep your eye out for it. This is an oak cleft with a train cut out of copper plate. Train, copper and oak all represent the site…but you’ll have to visit!

The previous blog on the interpretation challenges for energy got me thinking about a project we did around 10 years ago in the Nantgwynant Valley near Beddgelert. Cwlwm Glaslyn (The Glaslyn Knot – the Glaslyn is the main river or thread running through the valley) This work was undertaken with the local community and its purpose was to engage with the community and visitors to show how much more special the place was. The views are stunning but Its folklore, legends, riches and Cynefin (you’ll have to look that one up!) add so much more depth to the place. But the art we developed in no way should take over from the location. Most of the resulting environmental art is hidden away in the countryside and people will just happen to find it. The artists normally lived in the  community for months and worked with the school, local clubs, visiting groups and so on. We had quite a few events, the odd book launch and a valley full of hidden art.

It's all over the place! But you wont see it readily. Daffodil ring on the hill-side, copper and oak eggs, elm church gates, dragons, dog paw and a copper dress...

It’s all over the place! But you wont see it readily. Daffodil ring on the hill-side, giant chairs, thrones, copper and oak eggs, elm church gates, dragons, dog paw and a copper dress…

Over the weekend I went out with the troops to see how the art installations had lasted. It was all still there! Dogs, Dragons, Giants, Copper, Kings… can all be ‘not seen’ in the countryside. We even converted a couple of derelict barns into outdoor galleries that you have to hunt out.

...and the odd bronze Wolfhound. Nicely polished from thousands of children sitting on him.

…and the odd bronze Wolfhound in one of the gallery field barns. His back nicely polished from thousands of children sitting on him.

The question on energy and its interpretation is as relevant to this art. It should not take over from a sites ‘special’ feeling but if you look hard enough you will find something. To see this art you have to work for it!

Its good to see new art going in as well. this year the red Dragon and Dinas Emrys started to show how woven into the weft of the valley it is. Jones Family modelling this dragon...as you do!

It’s good to see new art going in as well. This year the Red Dragon and Dinas Emrys started to show how woven into the weft of the valley it is. Jones Family modelling this dragon…as you do!

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