Kielder’s new ‘air­borne rock’ art in­stal­la­tion set to make a splash

The Chronicle - - Vera -

THIS “air­borne rock” has taken off as Kielder’s lat­est com­bined art­work and wildlife feature.

Called Plashetts Ris­ing, the boul­der-like cre­ation ap­pears to rise from Kielder Wa­ter in Northum­ber­land.

Part of the Her­itage Lot­tery funded “Liv­ing Wild at Kielder” project, its in­stal­la­tion was de­layed from last Novem­ber due to the wa­ter level be­ing too high.

But as the wa­ter lev­els dropped dur­ing the dry sum­mer, it al­lowed the struc­ture sup­port to be po­si­tioned on the reser­voir bed.

Now all that re­mains is for au­tumn rain and the wa­ter to rise, so that Plashetts Ris­ing, which is sculpted from fi­bre glass, can be seen to its full, strik­ing ef­fect.

Peter Sharpe, art and ar­chi­tec­ture cu­ra­tor for Kielder Wa­ter & For­est Park Development Trust, said: ”The rock of Plashetts Ris­ing sits on a se­ries of thin struc­tural sup­ports bonded into an un­der­wa­ter foun­da­tion that, when viewed from the wa­ter’s edge and be­yond, will dis­ap­pear into the sur­round­ing land­scape leav­ing be­hind a grav­ity-de­fy­ing mass.”

Plashetts Ris­ing has been de­signed by Pas­cal Bron­ner and Thomas Hil­lier, of FleaFolly Ar­chi­tects, so that it also works as a perch and rest­ing place for ospreys and other birds.

Ad­di­tional sup­port also came from the Bartlett School of Ar­chi­tec­ture’s Project Fund in Lon­don and Arts Coun­cil Eng­land.

De­sign­ers Pas­cal Bron­ner and Thomas Hil­lier said: “We wanted to cre­ate some­thing that felt like it was quar­ried and carved phys­i­cally from Kielder’s past, ripped from the reser­voir and hung in space for all to see.”

* For more in­for­ma­tion on Kielder Art & Ar­chi­tec­ture go to http://www.kield­er­ar­tan­dar­chi­tec­ture.com.

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