Art installation attacked by vandals to be restored
A WALKER has expressed ‘shock and sadness’ after discovering that a unique art installation in the Surrey Hills has been targeted by vandals
Sue Cordery came across the damaged piece and quickly notified the Surrey Hills Area of Natural Outstanding Beauty (AONB) team.
The artwork, named Perspectives, is a pod-like structure covered in hundreds of wooden tiles, some are inscribed with peoples personal messages and words.
A significant number of the tiles had been defaced with graffiti and some were also removed from the structure altogether.
Perspectives is located on Winterfold Hill in The Hurtwood and fortunately has a dedicated team of volunteers to help clean off the graffiti and repair any damaged tiles.
Ms Cordery said: “As a regular visitor to the artwork, I was so saddened to see the abuse of this most outstanding sculptured seat – Perspectives is a unique and fascinating sculpture.
“It certainly encourages conversation regarding the whole structure and provides a peaceful and comfortable setting to sit and contemplate many aspects of everyday life and beyond, especially in relation to the inscriptions on the tiles.
“I always feel uplifted and inspired after each visit and the view is definitely something to behold.”
Perspectives is one of five artworks installed along the Greensand Way in the Surrey Hills as part of the Inspiring Views project.
The project is run by Surrey Hills Arts, a partnership between Surrey Arts, Surrey County Council and the Surrey Hills, which aims to engage and inspire people through the area’s natural, cultural and industrial heritage.
Surrey Hills Arts programme manager Ali Clarke said: “Perspectives has been a particularly popular artwork. It is loved by local people as well as drawing visitors from London and beyond.
“It is wonderful that people are helping to look after it, clean off the graffiti, and maintain its beauty.”
Members of the public can still inscribe their own messages, inspired by the location, onto the remaining tiles.
Phrases should be no longer than 25 words and can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Giles Miller, who created the artwork, said: “This is a beautifully secretive part of the world and I wanted to capture that.
“I hope that its visitors will live with and love this new installation for years to come”.