August 24, 2017
New 'living art' sculpture is planted at Highbridge's Apex Park

A new 'Living Art' sculpture at Highbridge's Apex Park which aims to become a 'haven for wildlife' has been planted this week.

The unique structure was planted up by Sedgemoor District Council's Ecologist, Pete Grainger, and Val Morley who is a member of the Friends of Apex Park, on Wednesday (September 13th). All the plants are alpines.

Designed and constructed by University Centre Weston’s Contemporary Art and Professional Studies Degree students, the structure is made of approximately 500 bricks which have been hand sculpted and fired at Weston College.

The Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council, Cllr Mike Cresswell, formally unveiled the art in August, alongside park supporters, local residents and councillors, as reported here.

The council's Claire Faun told "Alongside the living elements, the key inspiration for the sculpture has been drawn from old brick kilns around the area."

"It will provide a habitat and haven for wildlife and will encourage insects such as lacewings and beetles to make their home within the structure."

"Over time, mosses and lichens will make themselves at home in all the nooks and crannies, not only on the base, but all over the sculpture."

The sculpture was assembled by the Weston College’s Technology Engineering and Construction faculty and other bricks were donated by Ibstock Bricks of Almondsbury.

The project was a partnership between Friends of Apex Park Improvements Group and Sedgemoor District Council and the University Centre Weston.


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