Talking Lakes Ignite with Charlie Whinney… Mountains We Made Sculptor

MOUNTAINS WE MADE by Charlie Whinney Charlie Whinney's Mountains We Made sculpture is now at Grizedale Forest Mountains We Made by Charlie Whinney, sculpted with steam-bent wood, for Lakes Ignite 2018 Charlie Whinney's Man Bends Tree exhibition is at Grizedale Forest until 13 May The Man Bends Tree exhibition is at Grizedale Forest until 13 May

Introducing Charlie Whinney… creator of the Mountains We Made sculpture celebrating the Lake District’s World Heritage designation. I am from Dorset originally, I never meant to be an artist but I fell into it, over the past 10 years people kept asking me to do more and more sculptures and so I’m now doing it! I’m really interested in sustainability, making, the future.

What will you be creating for Lakes Ignite 2018?

Mountains We Made is a sculpture of steam-bent wood you can walk on.

Sounds interesting… tell us more about your artwork

I wanted to create something, a landscape in itself, that visitors can physically engage with, a concept which is the root of the Lakes as a ‘cultural landscape’. The shapes in the sculpture come from photos of the Lake District fells and the words are place names reordered to embody cultural/human activities.

My Mountains We Made sculpture for Lakes Ignite… is created as a landscape in itself, that visitors can physically engage with, a concept which is the root of the Lakes as a ‘cultural landscape’

What are the connections between your artwork for Lakes Ignite and the Lake District as a World Heritage cultural landscape?

The brief was ‘The Cultural Landscape’, the tree came from Grizedale Forest, casting materials (makes the words) from Lake Windermere and the shapes and design are inspired by the amazing Lake District National Park that we live in.

Where will people be able to see your artwork?

In Grizedale Forest from early January.

And a few questions about the Lake District… What makes the Lakes a special place for you?

I first visited here only a few months before moving here, I had travelled to many countries and could not believe this was in UK! There is a world-class, amazingly beautiful landscape out there with waterfalls, mossy streams, ancient trees, rocks, lakes etc.

During a visit to the Lake District what would be your 3 fave cultural hot spots or events?

If you could choose your one favourite view in the Lakes, where would it be?

From the view outside my workshop you can see up to the fell top of Whitbarrow Scar, it looks different every day.

See more of Charlie Whinney’s work at www.charliewhinney.com
Twitter: @charliewhinney

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// VISIT MOUNTAINS WE MADE AT GRIZEDALE FOREST!

Mountains We Made can be found next to the play area at Grizedale Forest

Known as ‘the forest of firsts’, it has a rich history and legacy of being the first forest in the UK to develop publicly accessible sculpture trails. Mountains We Made, together with Wood for the Trees, another new piece by Charlie, provide inspiring new editions to the permanent collection made up of over 40 sculptures by some of the leading names in contemporary art.

Alongside these forest sculptures you can also see Charlie Whinney’s exhibition – Man Bends Tree – showcasing unique artworks shaped from a selection of species and textures of timber. The exhibition is at the Grizedale Visitor Centre until 13 May.

Grizedale Forest: Grizedale Visitor Centre, LA22 0QJ

Charlie Whinney's Mountains We Made sculpture is now at Grizedale Forest (photo by Steven Barber)
Charlie Whinney’s Mountains We Made sculpture is now at Grizedale Forest (photo by Steven Barber)

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// FIND OUT MORE ABOUT LAKES IGNITE 2018

Lakes Ignite 2018 presents six specially commissioned contemporary artworks to celebrate the Lake District’s designation as a World Heritage site. From January to July 2018, six artists are bringing their creative vision to the Lakes in a unique collection of artworks that are free to visit and explore.

A celebration of contemporary art in a World Heritage landscape

Each installation provides a different perspective on our World Heritage story using very different media including metal, wood, mirrors, inflatables, performance and virtual reality. So, whether you’re 8 or 80, come and spark your imagination in 2018 and experience art in our celebrated Lake District landscape.

Tell us what you think about Lakes Ignite and be entered into a draw to win a hamper of Cumbrian goodies courtesy of Rheged!

Lakes Ignite 2018 – Festival Map
Lakes Ignite 2018 – Festival Map