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Semiconductor unveil Jerwood Open Forest commission Cosmos

Cosmos sculpture - Alice Holt ForestSemiconductor have unveiled their first ever public sculpture here at Alice Holt.

Commissioned through the Jerwood Open Forest initiative, it is a significant new artwork and is the culmination of more than a year’s research and development by Semiconductor who have collaborated with scientists from Forest Research, the scientific agency of the Forestry Commission. Their work explores the material nature of our world. Through this piece they consider scientific data as a means of understanding the environment, and the relationship between how science represents the physical world and how we experience it.

The spherical piece is based on one year’s worth of measurements of the take up and loss of carbon dioxide from the forest trees collected from the top of a 28m high flux tower located nearby in Alice Holt Research Forest. The work will be situated a leisurely 20 minute walk from the visitor centre and will be open to the public for years to come.

Jerwood Open Forest was launched in 2013 as part of the Jerwood Visual Arts programme by Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Forestry Commission England, with additional support of public funding through Arts Council England’s Grants for the arts programme.

The Shipwrights Way

Shipwrights Way sculpture at Alice HoltAlice Holt Forest hosts three of the twenty beautiful sculptures along the route of The Shipwrights Way, each depicting a story or aspect of the area where they stand.

The subjects were suggested by local people and then carved by artist Richard Perry from creamy Portland stone.

The Shipwrights Way is a long-distance route which links villages and towns in East Hampshire through some beautiful countryside.
The name reflects the journey of oak grown at Alice Holt to dockyards such as Portsmouth for medieval shipbuilding; the route will finish at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, home of the Mary Rose and HMS Victory.

The route starts from Alice Holt Forest, it passes through Bordon, Liphook, Liss, Petersfield, Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Staunton Country Park, Havant, Hayling Island and via ferry into Portsmouth, finishing at the Historic Dockyard - around 50 miles in all, and including seven rail stations.

The route will be open to walkers and cyclists (forming part of the Sustrans National Cycle Network route 22 linking London to Portsmouth.) and, where possible, horse-riders and people with disabilities.

Last updated: 7th March 2016

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