St.Helens families become sculpture designers for the day at Wood Works festival

Thanks to everyone who came along to the chainsaw sculpture event. Here’s some photos for those that missed it, plus a write-up below:

Local families turned sculpture designers for the day at Four Acre’s Wood Works festival, with their designs brought to life by professional chainsaw sculptors and the
finished pieces set to be installed in a new arts trail at local beauty spot Griffin Wood.

Inspirations for the sculptures, based on Plasticine models moulded by the would-be artists, ranged from famous hallmarks of St.Helens to local wildlife. Jack Murray’s design
of a hand on a rugby ball was re-created perfectly by chainsaw sculptor Andy Burgess, while Julian Taylor produced a loveable snail sculpture designed by Sophie Fairhurst
and her dad Bryan.

The five large sculptures will be installed over the next few weeks to create an arts trail through the woodland to provide an extra point of interest for regulars and newcomers alike.

Guided tours of the woodland’s new sculpture trail are also planned – watch this space for details.

The Friends of Griffin Wood are always looking for new recruits and have organised a series of free family courses at the Leaf Centre (formerly Chester Lane Community Centre) on the second Saturday of the month over the next six months. The first, Gardening forWildlife, takes place from 10am to 1pm on Saturday 10th April. Call Helen Collins on 01925 816217 to book your place.

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