Sculptures

Sculptures

Explore River Lee Country Park and discover a series of sculptures dotted around. They're made in different styles and from different materials but they're all here to be enjoyed. So take a leisurely stroll or cycle and take in the beauty of these fantastic works of art. Touch, climb and explore them to your heart's content.

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The Henge

The Henge

by Andy Ish

Henge portrays the element of earth. Insects, birds, earth symbols and a green man are carved and branded onto the blocks, with some of the markings in a cave art style. The blocks are positioned tp be used for climbing, balancing and jumping. Some are even positioned as tables and chairs ideal for picnics with family and friends!

Bird Transition

Bird Transition

by Paula Haughney

Carved on site from a single block of natural Portland limestone, the surfaces of this sculpture are adorned with flying and swimming birds. As you walk around it, you’ll see that many of the carvings follow the natural contours of the rock’s surface, find the Bird Transition on Arworks Route One, two or three.
The Glade

The Glade

by Ray Brooks

Using a variety of materials, this sculpture depicts the world from the point of view of a minibeast; the eye-catching metal daisy casting its shade over an ant as it climbs an ancient piece of Acacia wood amongst carved mushrooms and dandelions. Find The Glade on Artworks Route Two or Artworks Route Three.

See more at treesculpture.co.uk

Stag Beetles

Stag Beetles

by Ray Brooks

This sculpture shows two male Stag Beetles as they battle for a mate on an Oak log. The log itself features carvings of their larvae along with Woodlice and a Centipede. If you’re lucky, you might see a real Stag Beetle in this area. See the Stag Beetles on Artworks Route One, two and three.

See more at treesculpture.co.uk

Musicality

Musicality

by Andy Manning

This sculpture uses different woods of various size and density to create a xylophone that can be played, bringing the natural sounds of the environment to life. It’s intended to create the visual effect of sound falling through the air in twists and turns as it drifts away from the xylophone. Discover Musicality on Artworks Route One and Artworks Route Three.

The Shrine

The Shrine

by Ben Platts-Mills and Andy Ish

If you approached from the south, you’ll have had the best view of this sculpture which depicts nature’s watcher, the Green Man. The main piece is carved from the trunk of one huge Cedar tree and there are two figures hidden among the foliage – see if you can find them on Artworks Route One or Artworks Route Three.

Viking Ship

Viking Ship

by Sebastian Wolfram-Wheeler (Baz)

Depicting the burnt out frame of a Viking longship, this sculpture refers to the legend that King Alfred the Great left a Viking raiding party stranded when he diverted the course of the River Lee. Visit the Viking Ship on Artworks Route One or Artworks Route Three.

The Banded Demoiselle

The Banded Demoiselle

The sculpture in front of you combines different metals to depict the enchanting sight of a Banded Demoiselle damselfly as it alights on a Yellow Water Lily. It invites you to sit, relax and watch the world on Artworks Route One or Artworks Route Three!

The Giant's Chair

The Giant's Chair

by Andy Ish

Designed to offer a commanding view of your surroundings and a wonderful photo opportunity, the Giant’s Chair took pride of place here during the London 2012 Olympic Games. Don’t worry, the chair’s not just for giants so feel free to take a seat during Artworks Route One or Artworks Route Three.

See more at treesculpture.co.uk

Play Boulders

Play Boulders

by Bencrete Ltd

Climb to the top of one of the boulders, look east and you’ll see a remnant of sand and gravel extraction that has played such an important role in shaping the landscape of
the Lee Valley. Climb and play on Artworks Route Two or Artworks Route Three.

Viking Sign Post

Viking Sign Post

by Sebastian Wolfram-Wheeler (Baz)

This ornately carved sculpture commemorates the fact that the River Lee once marked the boundary between the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms to the west and the Viking territories known as the Danelaw to the east. You'll see it on Artworks Route Two.

Wildlife Benches

Wildlife Benches

by Sebastian Wolfram-Wheeler (Baz) and Andy Ish

These carved benches depict some of the wildlife that can be found locally. As you take a break from Artworks Route Two or Three, sit on these benches and enjoy the views of the Old River Lea and listen for a shrill whistling call. You might catch a glimpse of orange and blue as a Kingfisher flashes low over the water.

Fire

Fire

by Ray Brooks

Earth, Wind, Fire and Water - all four elements can be explored in this collection of sculptures over on Turnershill Marsh. The Henge evokes the weight and power of the earth, the spikes of fire reach up through the air and into the sky, water is represented as a woman surrounded by marine creatures, while the wind gently blows through twisting trunks evoking the woodland spread throughout this area.

Water

Water

by Andy Manning

Earth, Wind, Fire and Water - all four elements can be explored in this collection of sculptures over on Turnershill Marsh. The Henge evokes the weight and power of the earth, the spikes of fire reach up through the air and into the sky, water is represented as a woman surrounded by marine creatures, while the wind gently blows through twisting
trunks evoking the woodland spread throughout this area.

See more at treesculpture.co.uk

Wind

Wind

by Ben Platts-Mills

Earth, Wind, Fire and Water - all four elements can be explored in this collection of sculptures over on Turnershill Marsh. The Henge evokes the weight and power of the earth, the spikes of fire reach up through the air and into the sky, water is represented as a woman surrounded by marine creatures, while the wind gently blows through twisting trunks evoking the woodland spread throughout this area.

See more at treesculpture.co.uk

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