Art in­stal­la­tion at­tacked by van­dals to be re­stored

Surrey Advertiser - - Front Page - A closer look at the graf­fiti on the art­work

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 sur­rey­hill­sarts@sur­r­eycc.gov.uk.

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”.

Im­ages: John Miller

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