Sculpture Commission, Countryside Museum, Hawes

Dales Countryside Museum Sculpture Trail – Grand Opening


Opening the sculpture trail

This page shows the official opening of the Sculpture Trail at the Dales Countryside Museum – follow links below for other details of the sculpture commission

Stages of Carving        Sculpture Commission Process        Commission Brief        Design Statement

Grand Opening & Trail Celebration

On Thursday the 23rd May, 2013 the ‘Hidden Secrets Sculpture Trail’ had a grand opening and visitors were welcomed at the Museum from 1.30 pm.

Opening of Sculpture Trail

Fiona Rocher the Museum Manager began by welcoming everyone and gave a brief talk about the background to her Sculpture Trail project.

It was followed by poetry reading.  Children at the local Hawes Primary School had attended a creative writing workshop held at the Museum, and responded to the sculpture.  There was then a guided tour of the Trail, we all enjoyed refreshments and gourmet buffet!

Guided tour of the Sculpture Trail

The Earth Loom – using natural resources everyone is invited to be part of the weaving.

Natural Materials Weaving

Earth Loom

The Wensleydale Vessel by Anna Whitehouse.  The Sculpture is a reflection of the Yorkshire Dales landscape.

The Wensleydale Vessel

Owl sculpture – carved in wood

Owl sculpture carved in wood


Badger sculpture carved in wood

Leadmining Landscape sculpture by Ewa Gorska

Leadmining Landscape

Otter carved in wood – there are signs of otters and brief sightings in the river running alongside the sculpture trail.

Otter sculpture carved in wood

Oak Seat – by Tom Handley.  The seat is made in two parts and Tom has carved some messages inside.

Oak Seat

Standing Sleepers by Tom Handley

Standing Sleepers

Between a Rook and a Hard Place by Michael Kusz

Metal bird sculpture

And an Aurochs – now in position

Aurochs sculpture by Jennifer Tetlow

We all ended up at the Story Telling Chair by Richard Law – made in green oak.

Story telling chair

A delight of a tour – these images show just some of the sculpture on the trail, do go and find pieces and the background to them by visiting the museum – it is so interesting to see what inspired each artist and how they interpreted items from the Dales Countryside Museum collection.