On one of my walks up Longridge Fell this week I came across a new sculpture installation on Jeffrey Hill just below the car park at Cardwell House. [SD639403]
This stunning carving is part of a cluster sculptured by Halima Cassell entitled Sun Catcher. The central piece is carved from a mighty 150 year old oak. Its strong lines catching the light in different ways and forming a focal point to the natural Bowland Fell backdrop.
The smaller pieces have a fern like appearance in wood and stone.
Having been away I missed the publicity for the launching of this sculpture and it was a pleasant surprise discovery, I feel it fits well into the situation which is a popular beauty spot without being over-intrusive.
Reading the information board it turns out that there are four Landmark art installations to commemorate 50 years of The Forest Of Bowland being recognised as An Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The others are at Beacon Fell, Langden Intake and Gisburn Forest. See http://www.forestofbowland.com/bowlandrevealed and look at latest updates, from where you can download a leaflet covering all four.
I am not sure how permanent these installations are meant to be so I had better get around to seeing the rest. It has just struck me that if they were to become permanent it would be interesting to create a walking route linking them, Maybe I should speak to the powers that be.