On 29th June – 2nd July 2017, Forest of Imagination took root in the ancient meadowlands of Bushey Norwood, part of The National Trust’s hugely popular Skyline Walk.
Thousands of visitors came to enjoy the free, nature-inspired art event and experience a landscape transformed into a colourful tapestry of creative workshops and immersive artworks.
This video celebrates some of Forest of Imagination 2017’s key highlights; the successful launch of Aerocene, an air-fuelled sculpture by the globally acclaimed Argentinian artist Tomas Saraceno; soundscapes by musician Martyn Ware of Illustrious and the hit band Heaven 17; and an augmented reality ‘Giant Ant’ experience created by artist Anthony Head with Bristol Zoo and House of Fairytales.
With a special emphasis on activities for children and young people, Forest 2017 was centred round the core theme of ‘Forest on the Edge’, with the aim of linking Bushey Norwood’s ancient, Iron Age landscape to the fringes of urban Bath.
Andrew Grant, Director of Grant Associates and co-founder of Forest of Imagination, comments: “Bushey Norwood proved the perfect place for linking the city of Bath to the forest edge. The landscape’s ancient trees, wooded dells and meadows all called for exploration. Many visitors to the event have remarked on how the beautiful walks between the installations were an integral part of the creative Forest experience.
“On behalf of the event organisers, I would like to thank all those who came to visit Forest and hope they enjoyed discovering this lesser known part of Bath in its full summer glory.”