It was predictable. When a group of young Newport Sea Cadets visited the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail, the guide had a difficult time coaxing them away from the sculpture that looks like a flotilla of small boats carved out of charred wood, by David Nash. They all climbed in and would have gladly sailed away, had that been possible.
That is the joy of the sculpture trail. The sculptures are meant for our enjoyment. We can climb all over them — as the sea cadets did — touch them, play on them. The Cadets found forest symbols in Keir Smith’s Iron Road — carved railway sleepers — climbed all over The Heart of the Stone by Tim Lees, had great views from the top of Bruce Allan’s Observatory, and were ultimately thrilled by the climb to Place – affectionately known as the Giant’s Chair — by Magdalena Jetelova.
They were accompanied by siblings and parents who also braved the cold Easter wind to join them on the trail. On one of the trails, the cadets found samples of shelters that had been recently constructed from branches. This gave them a good opportunity to observe something that will soon be part of their training.
They have all been inspired to come back. Spring seems to have arrived, so maybe we will see them soon.