Thinking Inside the Box! New Workshop Date ~ Saturday 21st April from 11am – 4pm
Artist Alex Murdin is pushing at the edge of digital design and laser technology to create some truly remarkable and beautiful pieces of public art for Wellingore, to the west of Sleaford. Alex has been commissioned by artsNK and Wellingore Parish Council to create an artwork that responds to the location in an innovative and original way. He has responded to the challenge by proposing to create a sculpture comprising a series of bird and bug boxes, with the surfaces laser etched to add to their beauty and raise them from the mundane. As well as building his sculpture on the Mill Field site, Alex will also be working with Hill Holt Wood rangers and North Kesteven’s Countryside Officer to involve local youngsters in building their own wildlife homes and undertaking nature surveys in the area. The ‘Birds and Bees’ project will begin with a free animal box-making workshop on the Saturday 21st April 2012 from 11am until 4.00pm, on Wellingore Village Green. The workshop is open to every young person in the Wellingore area, up to the age of 18. Participants will be shown how to assemble a box then carve their initials, make their mark or tag a customised bird or insect box. These can either be taken home or could become part of a planned new wildlife exploration station, which will also become a record and celebration of the young people living in the Wellingore area in 2012. The project is the most recent of a series of artistic interventions in Wellingore that are designed to add interest for visitors by revealing some of the hidden characteristics and stories that make it distinctive. artsNK sees Wellingore as the pilot project along the cliff villages devised to encourage parish councils and neighbouring communities to take on their own projects as a step towards extending the highly successful Spires & Steeples Arts and Heritage trail back up the western side of the district to the Viking Way and Lincoln.