A lovely meditative space made of wood has taken root in a forest above Surrey Hills at Winterfold. Giles Miller Studio recently installed ‘Perspectives,’ their first permanent sculptural piece that serves as a quiet and restful haven blending in with its scenic surroundings. The elliptical-shaped structure is clad in rounded cedar shingles spaced apart to create a porous envelope that frames views of the valley below.
Commissioned by Surrey Hills Arts and the Mittal Foundation, Perspectives was created as one of many sculptural rest stops along a scenic walking path on the Hills of Surrey, south of London. The organic pavilion took inspiration from the words and messages etched into public places, such as on trees and benches. Giles Miller collected those messages, poetry, and other writings from local residents and transferred them onto the cedar shingles that clad the steel-framed structure.
The shingles were installed by hand at different angles and overlap to emphasize the pavilion’s rounded shape. “At its core, the shingles overlap and the sculpture functions architecturally to protect and shield the user from the elements, but at its mouth the surface flattens and evocatively opens out in dissipation as the shingles appear to fly out towards the waiting valley,” write the studio. The cedar elements will develop a white patina over time.