Art on the Wildside

Ruth and John Craven

Ruth and John Craven

John Craven helps launch ten wildlife themed sculptures at The Wolseley Wildlife Centre near Rugeley.

Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty helped to fund ten sculptural installations, which can be seen for free at Staffordshire Wildlife Trust’s HQ – The Wolseley Centre.

Each sculpture features a large photographic image of Staffordshire’s wildlife, its landscapes and how people interact with them. They have been made in a variety of materials, including willow.

Nine of the sculptures were created by young people from Staffordshire, as part of an apprenticeship programme delivered by Stoke on Trent based social enterprise, PM Training. The award winning artist, Anthony Hammond, created the tenth sculpture of a chainsaw.

The photographs used in the art installations were taken by members of Lichfield Camera Club.

On Wednesday 24 of September, TV presenter John Craven visited The Wolseley Centre with AONB Officer, Ruth Hÿtch. He officially launched the sculptures by engraving a date on the chainsaw piece that was sculpted from a Cedar of Laburnum tree by Anthony Hammond.

Ruth Hÿtch, Cannock Chase AONB Officer, said: “These ten installations are a good way to get visitors to Cannock Chase to think about their surroundings and our roles within it.

“It was brilliant to meet John Craven and to show him one of the fantastic sculptures. He was so impressed with the artwork and told me how beautiful the area is.”

Cannock Chase AONB contributed £6,000 towards the £18,380 Art on the Wildside project. This funded three installations that highlighted the natural beauty, wildlife and culture across the AONB.

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