Lickey Hills Country Park - Sculpture Trail
As you walk around the country park, you will notice several sculptures.
Public art is an important part of the work that goes on at the park as it involves the local community.
Since 1991, Birmingham City Council's Leisure department and the Arts Council have commissioned a series of annual sculpture projects on the Lickey Hills. These are held during the summer months in the wood yard and members of the public, adults and children, are encouraged to get involved.
Starting with the earliest, below is a list of the sculptures found in the park, with details of where to find them.
Musical Sculpture Trail
This series of musical instruments are activated by the wind. They were erected on Bilberry Hill and featured on numerous local television programmes. They were not originally intended to be a permanent fixture but one, a solar/wind harp, still remains. They were sculpted by Jonny Easterby.
Spirit of the Woods
This beautiful wooden sculpture was built out of an old sweet chestnut log which had lain in the woods for many years. The statue represents a hermaphrodite and appears to be growing out of the ground. Sculpted by Graham Jones.
This wooden statue of Icarus, sculpted by John Vaughan of Dudley, lies a few yards in front of the flagpole on Cofton Hill and was placed on the hillside to represent Icarus launching himself into flight. The sculpture still bears the marks where vandals burnt the wood during its construction. Unlike its ancient mythical namesake, the sculpture's wings were not melted.
The Bird Man
This large wooden sculpture, complete with feathered cape,
lies in the woodland on the main path below the wood yard. It was sculpted by Pippa Taylor and help was provided by the Young Rangers Group of the Lickey Hills among others.
The Green Man
This dual purpose sculpture/seat is in three parts and lies in the woods a short distance behind the Bird Man. The Green Man, as seen in pub signs, represents fertility and rebirth. The grotesque growth coming from his mouth represents his song to the plants to encourage their growth throughout the seasons and to mourn their death in the autumn. The sculptor was Ken Smith of Hereford.
At a Glance
This installation was part of the 'Gallery in the Trees' project. Designed to reveal at a glance either where you have been or where you might be going. Displaying the image as two dimensional as a picture or photograph in a museum would. Constructed to resemble a Victorian curiosity the piece was created by Nayan Kulkarni.
Based upon a wooden picnic table the design has been recreated by Kate Allen in stainless steel. Its original function removed it takes on more poetic and magical properties when seen in the woody glade where it is installed.