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Art and nature fuse at Yorkshire Dales beauty spot

[Monday 19 March 2007]




The Strid Wood sculpture trail

ART and nature are set to come together today as a new sculpture trail is opened at a popular Yorkshire Dales beauty spot.

The Duke of Devonshire will officially open the sculpture trail at his family's Bolton Abbey Estate. The exciting trail will feature up to 17 pieces of sculpture all produced by artists living and working in Yorkshire.

With 7 artists displaying their work, no two pieces are alike; and each piece has been carefully chosen to ensure the exhibition has something for everyone.

The sculpture trail displays everything from "Rocky" a life sized willow sculpture of a working gundog, a 5 foot barcode reflecting the commercial world in which we live, "Dancing Hands" a highly polished piece of Yorkshire Limestone which could easily be mistaken for marble which looks like it is growing from the earth and appears to sway and move to a 9 foot copper heron dancing in the breeze.

Visitors will be encouraged to enjoy the popular circular route and seek out the hidden treasure as the Sculpture Trail will follow the surfaced path along the bank of the river Wharfe through Strid Wood, past the famous Strid - where the water is forced through a narrow gorge - across the aqueduct and returning on the other riverbank to the Cavendish Pavilion.

Moira Smith, Visitor Manager at Bolton Abbey is thrilled the Estate is hosting the exhibition: "Strid Wood is a beautiful place to visit, and arguably the perfect setting for a sculpture exhibition. After all Henry Moore said "Sculpture is an art of the open air. Daylight, sunlight, is necessary to it, and for me its best setting and compliment is nature."

All visitors will be given a leaflet illustrating the 3 ½ mile route and location of each piece when they arrive at Bolton Abbey. The leaflet will also include information about the artist and each sculpture.

Bolton Abbey is the Yorkshire Estate of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. The family have been custodians of this beautiful part of Wharfedale for over 250 years. Owned today by the Chatsworth Settlement Trustees the 30, 000 acres Estate welcomes over 500, 000 visitors a year.

The Estate is open everyday and the Sculpture Trail will be in place until Sunday, 28th October 2007. Admission is £5.50 per vehicle or 50p person for vehicles with 12 or more passengers.

Further information is available at www.boltonabbey.com

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