Where wildlife meets art

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The four breed­ing pairs of ospreys at Kielder Wa­ter and For­est Park in Northum­ber­land will soon have an un­usual place to perch. The park, which is also home to eng­land’s largest red­squir­rel pop­u­la­tion, has com­mis­sioned A Le­vi­tated Mass, a sculp­tural in­stal­la­tion that will be cre­ated in the au­tumn. hark­ing back to the area’s quar­ry­ing past, the piece, by Lon­don-based prac­tice Fleafolly Ar­chi­tects, will look like a rock float­ing above the wa­ter of Kielder’s reser­voir. The top of the struc­ture will hold tim­ber lengths where ospreys and other birds can roost.

‘A Le­vi­tated Mass ref­er­ences the work of the Sur­re­al­ist René Magritte,’ says Peter Sharpe, art and ar­chi­tec­ture cu­ra­tor at Kielder. ‘It aligns per­fectly with an am­bi­tion to com­mis­sion art and ar­chi­tec­tural works that are in­spired by Kielder’s unique land­scape, but also in­te­grates into the many ways in which vis­i­tors en­joy the park.’

The com­mis­sion is part of a two-year pro­ject, Liv­ing Wild at Kielder, which aims to help peo­ple re­con­nect with Na­ture while con­tribut­ing to the long-term pro­tec­tion of the park’s rich wildlife. Other ini­tia­tives in­clude the launch of a new wildlife hide at Bakethin Na­ture Re­serve, which has just been fin­ished, an os­prey cruise around Kielder Wa­ter, a wildlife-themed geo­caching trea­sure hunt and, in Septem­ber, The Wild Clear­ing, a cel­e­bra­tion of for­ag­ing that takes place in an artist­de­signed out­door kitchen.

Once com­plete, A Le­vi­tated Mass will join sev­eral other works of art that al­ready grace the for­est, such as Skys­pace, a per­cep­tual cham­ber by Amer­i­can artist James Tur­rell, the Kielder col­umn, a pink sand­stone sculp­ture by John Maine, and Sil­vas Cap­i­talis, a gi­ant wooden head by Amer­i­can artist col­lec­tive SIMPARCH.

A Le­vi­tated Mass will not only be a piece of art, but also a home to four breed­ing pairs of ospreys

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