New sculpture unveiled at Wilderness Wood, Hadlow Down

A NEW sculpture depicting “the life and nature of a felled tree” has been unveiled in Woods.

Artist Paul Tuppeny unveiled his work ‘Up To Now’ in Wilderness Wood in Hadlow Down on Wednesday.

The 11m tall work of art has become known locally as “the inverted tree sculpture”, but Paul said it was much more than that.

The Hove artist said: “Up To Now aims to capture the life and ‘nature’ of a felled tree in a single object.

“It begins at its base as a slender, green shoot, steadily widening as it grows taller, and finally ending at its apex with the horizontal cut that ended its life.

“This is a tree as we know a tree, not as we see it; it is maintained as a living, growing, changing organism, but one of finite duration.

The Argos:

“The phenomena by which we understand the growth of a tree are aligned in a single upward vector, which in turn functions as a spatial expression of the passage of time.”

The sculpture hangs on suspension wires in the forest.

Paul said it was as much a Wilderness Wood product as the chestnut tree at its center that was felled in March.

Interns helped remove some of the bark, and forest owners Emily Charkin and Dan Morrish and the other staff and volunteers also lent a hand.

The Argos:

The sculpture was inaugurated as part of the forest’s Working With Wood Week, a face-to-face course that allows people to fully experience human interaction with the forest environment.

Wilderness Wood offers opportunities to learn hands-on skills and crafts, and dozens of events are held throughout the year.

Paul Tuppeny is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Sculptors and the British Society for Phenomenology.

The Argos:

He is currently doing his PhD at Chelsea College of Art on our experience of ‘age’ in the objects that make up our world.

Paul has an MA in Fine Art from the University of Brighton and was highly commended at the 2016 National Sculpture Prize. New sculpture unveiled at Wilderness Wood, Hadlow Down

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