Much of the work that we have been doing to improve woodlands around Aldershot as part of the Aldershot Urban Extension involves removing infrastructure left from the woods’ past life as military land. This mostly involves manually or mechanically taking away the material to the scrap yard or other suitable refuse facility, but we have been lucky enough to ‘upcycle’ some of the material we have removed. Tara McKinney from Hampshire Cultural Trust explains more:
“A call out was made by Hampshire Cultural Trust for any unwanted rusty barbed wire and, with our grateful thanks, Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership came to our rescue with an offer we couldn’t refuse!
For the culminating exhibition of Hampshire’s Big Theme ‘1914’ in The Great Hall, Winchester, internationally renowned artist Susie MacMurray responds to conflict and the First World War. Her monumental new artwork Cloud will use wire retrieved from an MOD site in Aldershot that needed clearing. In December 2014, 1.4 tonnes of the wire was dug up by the BVCP Rangers and transported to Winchester, where it is currently being cut up into thousands of pieces and cleaned ready for installation.
From 5 – 12 February, the public will be able to watch Susie MacMurray create Cloud, in the majestic medieval site in Winchester. The aerial barbed wire sculpture will slowly take form and reflect the ominous presence of conflict a century ago. It will loom dramatically above a drift of 40,000 WWI replica identity tags representing those fallen and those who return from war. Visitors will be able to add to the drift names of any relatives or friends touched by conflict, or their own as an act of remembrance.
With our thanks to BVCP for supporting this commission.
Tara McKinney, Arts Officer, Hampshire Cultural Trust
Come and see Cloud
5 February – 29 March 2015
The Great Hall, Castle Avenue, Winchester, SO23 8PJ
Free exhibition www.bigtheme.org.uk/1914“
We are looking forward to seeing the finished sculpture and are very happy to have been able to help out on this memorial.