In this exhibition Adrian Swinstead explores the sculptural, textural and graphic qualities of ancient and historical trees. He has a fascination with the history of the trees he works with and this body of work encompasses trees planted 300 400 years ago as well as truly ancient trees which were part of the forest in the UK thousands of years ago. This has led to Adrian working with a burr oak tree, which dates from a 17th century formal garden, horse chestnut from an estate planting in 1735 and obtaining a 20 ton oak planted in 1610 next to Woburn Abbey on the estate of the Duke of Bedford the oak reputed to have formed the gallows of an abbot of Woburn Abbey. Over recent years Adrians fascination with the historical trees has focussed on Bog Oak grown between 4000 and 8000 years ago and preserved in the peat landscape of the Fens. The link between the standing stones erected by our ancestors at the times these trees were growing is echoed in the sculptural forms of Adrians work. The combination of ancient and modern is nowhere more evident than in the series of tables and benches that form part of this exhibition, whilst the sculptures and objects resonate with echoes of the past. The images and cabinets that also form this body of work showcase the natural forms and designs inherent in the trees used to create them. This exhibition showcases Adrian Swinsteads creative vision making the ancient current.
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