Castles, Follies and Elephants, collaborative project between Harper Perry Architects and artist Oliver Perry opened this week in the grounds of Kielder Castle. The temporary installation is free and open to the general public with a commissioned map detailing the trail.
Nine ‘objects’ have been installed in the landscape surrounding the castle over the summer 2017. Each is derived in reference to buildings and landscapes that tell a story of Kielder as one of the last great national infrastructure projects. The project was commissioned by Kielder Arts and Architecture and received funding from Arts Council England.
The project developed out of research into the changing role the landscape in the North Tyne valley and pieces together a potted history of the agencies, industries and individuals that have shaped the valley over centuries. It draws on the notion of constructed landscape, highlighted through the imposition of these unnatural, situated objects located in the grounds of Kielder Castle.
This temporary work has been commissioned through the Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust’s Art & Architecture programme with help from the Forestry Commission and Arts Council England.
Visitors can pick up a map at the Castle visitor centre and follow a route around the grounds, exploring the objects in their beautiful settings.