Fforest Fawr Sculpture Trail


It’s been over two years since Simon O’Rourke installed the new sculpture trail in Fforest Fawr. Simon has shared his initial sketches for the carvings and I take a look at how the sculptures have changed.

Drawing of timeline sculpture
© Simon O’Rourke
Wooden sculpture of timelineWooden sculpture of forest timeline

When I spoke to Simon during the installation he explained that the sculptures would change colour quite dramatically over time. Back in 2018 the wood was quite a bright pink but just a year later the sculptures had darkened and blended into the woodland setting.

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Drawing of tree sculpture
© Simon O’Rourke

Most of the sculptures ended up looking very close to Simon’s original sketches.

Drawing of wolf sculptureWooden sculpture of wolf

Here are a few more of the original designs.

The beautiful red deer is the only sculpture that’s significantly different from the concept art. Sadly, the red deer has suffered quite a bit of damage to its antlers since that photo was taken.

Drawing of red deer sculpture
© Simon O’Rourke
Wooden sculpture of deer

The sculptures looks fantastic with their intricate detail and rich colours. It’s great to see visitors enjoying the trail and it puts a smile on my face every time I visit the forest.

Massive thanks to Simon for letting me share his images.

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Jack is the editor of CastellCoch.com and Tongwynlais.com.