Artwork in Barking park is Tree-mendous

CHILDREN from Ripple Junior School have joined forces with two talented artists to create an incredible living sculpture. The remarkable piece of art is made of live Willow woven over a metal framework and curves around the trunk of a Birch tree, which wa

CHILDREN from Ripple Junior School have joined forces with two talented artists to create an incredible living sculpture.

The remarkable piece of art is made of live Willow woven over a metal framework and curves around the trunk of a Birch tree, which was specially planted for the sculpture.

It is situated in Greatfields Park, Barking, for families to enjoy.

Artists Robert Worley and Stephen Shiell created the structure in workshops with the schoolchildren and other park goers.

The sculpture, produced as part of the "Arts in Parks" project was unveiled on Friday April 24 at 1.30pm.

Artists from Studio 3 have been working alongside the council's Arts and Cultural Development and Parks Services to deliver workshops in Greatfields and Old Dagenham Parks.

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The project will run for three years and it is hoped this will encourage community participation in art activities.

Suggested names for the living sculpture were collected during the opening event and a title will be decided in due course.

The council hopes that these new art workshops and sculptures will help Greatfields and Old Dagenham Parks win Green Flag awards.

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