Barbed Wire in Princes Wood

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.

It looks like dead brambles.....but it's not!

It looks like dead brambles…..but it’s not!

George

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About blackwatervalleycountryside

The Blackwater Valley is located on the borders of Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire and runs for approximately 30km from the source near Aldershot, northwards to Swallowfield. At its confluence it joins the rivers Whitewater and Loddon. The Loddon eventually flows into the River Thames near Reading. Work in the Blackwater Valley is co-ordinated by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership on behalf of the local authorities that border the Valley. Despite being surrounded by urban development the Valley provides an important green corridor for local residents As well as the Blackwater Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a small part of the Basingstoke Canal SSSI, three nature reserves within the Valley catchment and many other areas have been recognised for their ecological importance. The local planning authorities covering the Valley have designated 31 other areas as ‘Wildlife Sites’.
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