A new Surrey Hills Arts Inspiring Views artwork was launched today (30 June) on Denbies Hillside in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). ‘Radius’ created by artist and designer, James Tunnard is a distinct sculptural seat and the eighth in the ‘Inspiring Views’ programme, which opens up hidden views, undertakes conservation work, improves access and commissions artists to interpret the views through art.
James Tunnard’s innovative design captures the essence of the surrounding undulating landscape in its curving shape. Radius has been crafted from locally-sourced oak and provides a wonderful place to stop and reflect when out exploring in the Surrey Hills. Upon getting up close to Radius visitors will discover words and thoughtful inscriptions from members of the public and local poets which have been engraved on individual battens. Each of the inscriptions have been inspired by the natural surroundings and provide another opportunity to reflect and appreciate the stunning landscape.
Creator of Radius, Artist and Designer James Tunnard comments;
“Radius is about creating a place to pause for a moment, for visitors to enjoy the view and contemplate the sculpture and poetry inspired by it.”
A series of walks around ‘Radius’ have been created working with the Surrey Hils Society that take visitors through the vineyard, to nearby attractions including the pretty market town of Dorking with its art galleries, boutiques and antique shops. They include an accessible trail suitable for those with mobility issues or families with buggies and young children. You can download the walking routes from here: Radius – Surrey Hills Arts
Ali Clarke, Surrey Hills Arts Programme Manager comments; “I’m delighted to be adding to our successful Inspiring Views project which draws visitors out into the Surrey Hills to discover not only inspirational artworks but also breathtaking views. It has been wonderful to engage others in this artwork from the many inscriptions on ‘Radius’, the various trails and an insightful podcast”.
Following the installation of Radius, there will begin an inspirational learning programme to engage people through sculpture workshops, walks and nature conservation activities. James will guide people to make their own temporary outdoor structures and bug houses, whilst exploring and learning about their local landscapes.
This project is funded by the Interreg France (Channel) England Programme and co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund. It is supported by Surrey Hills Arts, Denbies Wine Estate, Mole Valley District Council and the North Downs Way National Trail.
For more information on Radius please visit : www.surreyhillsarts.org/permanent-works/radius.