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Bridport Sculpture Trail

Bridport Sculpture Trail

Bridport Sculpture Trail – 60th anniversary of AONB

Bridport Town Council, The Arts Development Company and the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty have been working together to instigate a new sculpture trail for Bridport.  This year it is the 60th anniversary of the AONB and this trail showcases sculptures from Dorset AONB artists. The sculptures are to be placed along a new green route; a 3 mile walk around the historic market town.

Bridport based and Royal College trained artist Isla Chaney instigated the trail, by placing some of her work in public spaces- this has been very well received by residents and visitors, so now the trail will be expanded and from mid September you will find sculptural work clambering up trees, nestled amongst plants, and over the river.  This year as well as Isla’s work at Millennium Green, you will find sculpture by Greta Berlin, Brendon Murless, Debbie Duffin and Sarah Jane Ross in the green spaces surrounding the town.  Sites include Plottingham Field, Riverside Gardens, Happy Island, Borough Gardens and the Millenium Green.

The sculpture trail is managed and curated by Cleo Evans at The Arts Development Company ON BEHALF of Bridport Town Council. Each year, new works will be chosen to enhance the natural beauty of the green spaces, create unique and imaginative experiences, and improve the wellbeing of local citizens and visitors.

Title: Fish Eagle.  Artist: Greta Berlin.

Description: Figurative works inspired by human condition and nature, Greta’s work reflects her take of the world.  Birds and dogs being great inspiration encompassing so many characters, elegant to clumsy, funny to menacing.

Website: www.gretaberlinsculpture.com

Title: Sea Breeze Blocks. Artist: Sarah Jane Ross.

Description: This piece asks us to make a connection between the permanence of the breeze block material, commonly used in foundations, with concerns over fluctuating fish stocks and the uncertainty of the fishing industry – one of the foundations of this area.

Website: www.sarahjaneross.com

Title: Shrouded in Cloud. Artist: Deborah Duffin.

Description: This three-dimensional piece has emerged from many years of drawing the energy, movement and life contained within our natural processes. At the same time, it is a subtle comment on the waste we create, while making something of beauty from stuff that would otherwise have been consigned to landfill.

Website: www.deborahduffin.co.uk

Title: The Air We Breathe. Artist: Brendon Murless.

Description: I wanted to highlight the importance of trees, for air and life, by showing the clear structural similarities in our lungs and the branches of a tree.

Website: www.brendonmurless.com

Title: Part of the Whole. Artist: Isla Chaney.

Description: About the interconnectedness of all life.  A part of the greater whole taken out of context, seen in isolation.  Making reference to the many and varied elements that make up our natural world.  Its reflective yet defused surface make the piece, although in place, seem slightly out of step, as we are out of sync currently with our own life giving environment.

Website: www.islachaney.com

Title: Stalking Dog. Artist: Greta Berlin.

Description: Figurative works inspired by human condition and nature, Greta’s work reflects her take of the world. Birds and dogs being great inspiration encompassing so many characters, elegant to clumsy, funny to menacing.

Website: www.gretaberlinsculpture.com

Councillor Karen Hunt, was a member of the panel that selected the sculptures remarked on the new additions to the trail:

The town council is delighted to be able to instigate this new sculpture trail around Bridport.  Our community is rich with highly skilled artists and here is an opportunity to showcase their talents within the green routes. The trail enhances these green spaces and will be lovely for residents and visitors to discover beautiful and thought-provoking pieces of contemporary art.

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