Help shape Monkton Nature Reserve’s new ‘inspirational’ sculpture trail

Monkton Nature Reserve

By James Bonthron

An opportunity to shape one of Thanet’s largest nature reserves will be running until the end of February.

Artists with a proclivity for nature are being asked to enter into the competition.

Entitled ‘Natural’, the reserve has issued an open call for proposal for sculptures that are ‘innovative, engaging and appropriate for the outdoor setting at Monkton Nature Reserve’.

As well as creating something that would fit in with the aesthetic of the reserve, the sculpture must be made of natural materials. The entries will then be whittled down until the best 20 are chosen.

Winners will have their sculptures displayed from May until September this year.

Contributors are asked to create something that reflects on the idea of ‘Natural’, whether that is in the sense of ‘a person having an innate talent for something’ or ‘being in accordance with the nature of someone or something’.

Entrants will be asked to submit a proposal, no longer than 500 words, along with their contact details.   There are also some more specific details for interested members of the public, such as the fact that the sculpture must not be taller than (the average) person and that it will need to be erected in two days.

Sculptures need to be maintained until the end of September and should be able to withstand the outdoor conditions they’ll be placed in.

The idea for a new Sculpture Trail was proposed by artists Ruth Rollason and Lucy Troubridge.

Co-creator Ruth said: “I visited a sculpture trail in an environment similar to Monkton Nature Reserve and was impressed how the sculptures added another dimension to the area.

“When I visited Monkton Nature Reserve, I considered it to be the perfect space for the same. We aim to foster a deeper appreciation for art, nature, and community interaction through the Sculpture Trail and create an annual summer event.

“Having the sculpture trail at the reserve will widen its appeal, there is nothing like it in the local area. The opportunity to connect with nature through the medium of sculpture in a secure setting will be of immense benefit to all visitors. Exposure to art and artists in this way will be inspirational.”

Requests for more information and proposals can be emailed to: [email protected].

The deadline for the art is 29 February 2024.


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