A series of enchanting woodland sculptures on the Pendle Sculpture Trail mark the 400th anniversary of one of the most ludicrous witch hunts in history. Persecuted in a flit of mania at the Lanchashire trials, 10 of the so-called Witches of Pendle Forest were charged with murder and executed by hanging. This is all very disturbing of course, but Philippe Hardford's extraordinary wooden sculptures Reconnected 1 and Reconnected 2 are bound to cheer you up.
Hardford conceived the idea of a sculpture trail back in 2010 and has since implemented that vision with a host of wonderful, earth-loving installations. Using previously felled trees, one that was wind blown and a few other natural materials found on site in addition to steel and stone, the artist creates dynamic arches that mimic what it looks like when a tree falls.
Visitors to the free Pendle trail will encounter these and other organic installations during their walk. Sarah McDade designed 10 ceramic plaques representing each of the condemned witches, Steve Blaylock added bats, an owl and a spider made of stainless steel and master wood carver Martyn Bednarczuk fashioned a large ‘Witch finder General’ out of solid oak. If you fancy a visit, Arts Map has the details.
Via My Modern Met