Green Ring sculpture trail

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During Summer 2011, the St Albans Arts Team created a temporary ‘Sculpture Trail’, working with 5 artists and 6 community groups, using a variety of biodegradable media.
These structures followed the ‘Green Ring’ around St Albans, a circuit connecting pedestrian and cycle lanes and were viewed by walkers, cyclists, runners and dogs.
Ceramic birdwatercress sculpture

At Everlasting Lane, Downedge Community Green Space & Verulamium Park: ‘200 Buzzing Butterflies’ – Artist, Angela Connors worked with over 200 pupils and staff from Margaret Wix School to create willow and yarn minibeasts, which emerged to follow the ‘Green Ring’ from New Greens down to Verulamium Park.

The Watercress Beds, Riverside Road:  ‘Gathering Point’ – Artist, Pauline O’Dell created a large, living willow vessel on the bank of the Mere, which echoed the baskets used to gather the watercress, in collaboration with the Watercress Beds Association. This can still be seen from the Alban Way.

Sanders Siding, Alban Way:  ‘Retrieve, Recycle, Restore’ – 12 students from The Transition Group at Oaklands College retrieved and restored objects discovered along the Alban Way.  Working with Artist, Ella Robinson, these were embellished and installed back around Sanders Siding (the old wooden railway platform)

Smallford Pit and Old Station Platform, Alban Way: ‘Free to Roam’ – Artist, Kathryn Holt created tactile, delicate ceramic birds and felted nests with 8 families from the Women’s Refuge, to add a splash of colour to this section of the old railway line.

For further details contact Chris Blanch on: chris.blanch@leisureconnection.co.uk

Date of last review: 07 March 2014