Back in September tragedy struck when ‘perspectives’ a newly installed artwork on Winterfold Hill was vandalised. The pod like structure which is covered in hundreds of wooden tiles, many of which are inscribed with peoples personal messages and words had been defaced with graffiti and some removed from the structure entirely in an act of thoughtlessness and destruction.
Strength of feeling amongst the local community was so strong and in a bid to beat the vandals a team of volunteers headed out into the Surrey Hills to repair the structure.
Local resident Christine Hobbs, who helped with the restoration work comments;
“The Surrey Hills is in such an area of natural outstanding beauty and we are so lucky to live here. Perspectives is a beautiful piece of architecture structure that fits in so beautifully in the woods on Winterfold Hill. It’s so magical and peaceful and my family often come here to watch the sunset. I volunteered to help as I wanted to give something back to this wonderful place which has given me so much pleasure over the years.”
Ali Clarke, Surrey Hills Arts Programme Manager comments;
‘Perspectives has been a particularly popular artwork. It is loved by local people as well as drawing visitors from London and beyond. It is wonderful that people are helping to look after it, clean off the graffiti, and maintain its beauty.’
‘Perspectives’ is one of five artworks installed along the Greensand Way in the Surrey Hills as part of the Inspiring Views project. This stunning artwork can be found at the top of Winterfold Hill in The Hurtwood. Created by Giles Miller and his team, the pod-like shelter looks out across the South Downs and cocoons you from the elements with unique wooden shingles. Engraved on each shingle are messages and words from the local community all inspired by the view.
Giles Miller comments “This is a beautifully secretive part of the world and I wanted to capture that. I hope that its visitors will live with and love this new installation for years to come”.
There is still much needed work to do on Perspectives. Are you free to volunteer and help the artist Giles Miller and his team restore ‘Perspectives’ up at Winterfold in the Hurtwood? If available Monday29 or Tuesday 30 January am or pm, let us know;
Surrey Hills Arts is a partnership between Surrey Arts, Surrey County Council and the Surrey Hills. It aims to engage and inspire people with the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and its unique natural, cultural and industrial heritage through the arts.
For more information on Surrey Hills Arts and the Inspiring Views project visit www.surreyhillsarts.org