Between April and November of this year an exciting art project is going on in the Lake District. The project – Canopy, named for its focus on the trees and forests of the area – has been brought to the Lakes by Eden Arts and is split into three parts; The Woollen Woods, various commissioned artworks and participatory art projects, designed to encourage everyone to join in with.
The Woollen Woods features work from hundreds of artists and communities around the world, and is a charming collection of woodland-themed artworks hiding in the trees at Acorn Bank. The exhibition is part of the Campaign for Wool, which aims to educate people on the benefits and importance of using this natural and versatile material.
One of the individual comissioned artworks which forms part of the project is called Watchtree, and can be seen on the banks of Ullswater until the 14th July. Signposts in trees point to features in the natural landscape, the words written in the ancient languages that used to be spoken in the area. The project recalls the viewer both to the natural world and to the heritage of the Lakes, two aspects vital to the appreciation of this intensely special part of the world.
As a participatory part of the project, Eden Art has created the Lost Tree – a “memorial to all that is lost”. Contribute to this project by visiting the website, and filling out a form telling what you have lost. The details of thousands of people’s lot things will be transferred onto labels and hung from the branches of a tree in the ground of Brough Castle as a striking installation.
For a map and descriptions of all canopy events taking place in the Lakes over the coming weeks, please click here.