The sculptures that can be found on the trail were not originally commissioned or installed to be part of a trail but to be discovered along the way. However, the trail has been put together to help people find the sculptures and you can download a pdf of the trail below, which also gives you information on each of the sculptures. Please note mobile signals can be patchy in the woods so best to download it before you start! SVCP Trail map
The sculpture trail is approx. 6 km or 3.5 miles long, and a very enjoyable walk in all seasons. It takes you through different woodland areas including stands of coppice at different stages, areas of majestic beeches and conifers too. The trail is waymarked with red arrows and numbers to keep you on track. Paths can be steep and rough in places, so sturdy footwear and appropriate clothing for the season is advised.
Most of the sculptures on the sculpture trail were installed between 1999 and 2008. SVCP ‘s first mission was to secure the trail for the future. Much of this work is being done by volunteers with KSCP and Forestry Commission staff. Super Kingdom was due to be repaired September 2016, however further work is now needed so we will keep you posted on plans. In time we hope to add new work to this wonderful woodland.
New sculptures by University for the Creative Arts and University of Kent Fine Art students were on display in the Autum of 2016…. click here to see more
Kentish Stour Countryside Partnership volunteers have worked hard in all sorts of weather to maintain some of the sculptures…
Lukasz Skapski’s – Via Lucem Continens: Planting new yew trees and maintenance work on the existing trees (weeding and mulching). As one side of the avenue has now been coppiced it has presented challenges – the yews have become exposed to the elements, which has had an impact. Over the 2016/17 winter KSCP volunteers and Forestry Commission staff have been re-staking some trees which almost got blown over!
Richard Harris’s – Living Arch: Annual re-weaving, tying and pruning of new growth branches to maintain a dense weave.
Rosie Leventon’s – B52: Creating a dead hedge around the shape of the B52, so that it can be seen whilst the coppice is re-growing.
London Fields – Super Kingdom: We hope to start work this year to re-secure and repair the 3 pieces of work – we will keep you posted.
This was a piece created by London Fieldworks in 2008. The three pieces which make up the work are utopian visions of ‘animal show homes’ referencing the palaces of despots – Mussolini’s Palazzo della Civilta Italiana, Rome; Stalin’s Pałac Kultury i Nauki, Warsaw; and Ceausescu’s Casa poporului, Bucharest. Super Kingdom was an iconic creation but it had deteriorated beyond repair. The decommissioning of Super Kingdom was a difficult but necessary decision, even though many will be sad to see the sculptures gone.
A big emptiness remains were once there was a great empire, but this may be the opportunity for new work to develop… so watch the space!