Giant plant pot head sculpture takes root at community centre
By Nicky Carter - Reporter
A GIANT sculpture in the shape of head that will change with the seasons has been unveiled at the TCR Hub, at Barnard Castle, as part of a culmination of a week-long art project.
The living earth sculpture, created by artist Jonah Maurice during a week-long residency at The Hub, is situated in a secluded position close to the heritage garden.
Crafted using willow, cob and wood and finished with limewash, the hollow structure has been filled with soil and will be planted up with flowers and plants sown and grown by members of The Hub’s community gardening groups.
Sarah Gent, from the TCR Hub, said the sculpture, one of four being created in the north of England, will evolve as the plants grow.
She added: “It’s positive action getting people to connect more with nature and how things change through the year.”
Pupils from Green Lane School visited during the construction of the sculpture and were first to see the finished creation after the first of two performances of an hour-long ecological play by the Wilding Theatre group, called, Dreaming Giant.
A public performance followed later in the afternoon when Hub gardener and volunteer Suzanne Thomas and members of the community gardening group were in attendance.
Mrs Thomas said: “The children have grown the plants, many from seed and planned unusual edibles and sensory plants for the top of the sleeping giant.
“We planted a giant pumpkin, globe artichokes, canna, rosemary, lavender and native wildflower seeds,” she added.