Gallery — Willow Sculpture
Our eye-catching willow sculpture installed in the middle of the Square was designed with nature in mind. The structure takes the shape of two trees filled with beautiful butterflies, birds and insects.
Well known for being able to survive in very challenging conditions the willow sculpture gives us hope for a better future as we emerge from the restraints of covid lockdown. The intertwining branches envelope and cradle the tiny creatures within reminding us how important mother nature has been to our own wellbeing.
Commissioned as part of Mental Health Awareness Week, which this year has the theme of Nature, the sculpture will continue to grow and support our campaign until October.
We wanted to create a focal point in the centre that visitors to Culver Square can take time out to enjoy. We have used natural resources to create a piece of art that represents the awakening of the town and symbolises the brighter future ahead.
The aim for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs from 10th – 16th May is to explore the natural world and experience the mental health benefits it offers.
We hope that everyone is able to enjoy our willow sculpture and that it gets people talking about Mental Health Awareness Week.
The willow sculpture will remain in situ until 10th October 2021, which is World Mental Health Awareness Day, as a legacy to continually raise awareness.
About the artist
Ema Parkins is the artist commissioned to create the sustainable willow sculpture.
Emma Parkins has been a freelance artist since 1997, firstly as a commercial illustrator and then working as a community visual artist for over 10yrs. The environment is an important factor in her work and she tries to source all her materials as sustainably as possible.
Here are some pictures of the sculpture being created:
The art of Willow weaving and Sculpture is Emma’s specialism. It fits in well with her ethos and she finds it very therapeutic and grounding to work with. She draws on her years of experience as an illustrator to inspire her sculptures, creating willow animals and creatures that have character and charm, making her style unique.
Emma commission Heather Allen from Eco arts willow craft to assist with the butterflies.
Have you seen our Wild at Art pop up gallery? Read about it here
Find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week here.