Grant Associates to help transform historic square into temporary wonderland

Fantastical landscape for Bath city square

Grant Associates will transform Bath’s historic Queens Square into a temporary fantastical forest landscape and outdoor gallery for a four-day contemporary arts event running from 15-18 May.

The Forest of Imagination will feature mixed forest saplings, ‘understorey’ grasses and a willow tunnel across the middle of the square. Playing with space, the mini forest will be made giant, the firm says, ‘by the tiny world created within it of small creatures, dwellings and birds’, and an installation by artist Edwina Bridgeman.

The Forest Pole enclosure, created by Charley Brentnall, will work around a complete circle to create a self-supporting enclosure, while The Bamboo enclosure, designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, is a 14.4m x 12m space screened with vertical bamboo canes. Musical devices will be attached to the poles for interaction with the visitors. Performances and activities will take place at the centre of the enclosure.

A 6.5m-high ‘magic’ white rabbit will be inflated and pop up in different locations in the Forest throughout the four-day event.

‘The Forest of Imagination reinvents Queen Square as an artistic, playful world where the creative spirit of the city has fun with this familiar Georgian landscape,’ says Grant Associates’ director Andrew Grant. ‘It’s a wake up call to let everyone know Bath did not stop evolving 200 years ago,’ he adds.

The Bath-based creative partners behind the project include children’s charity 5x5x5=creativity, architect Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, design studio Ideas of the Mind, Herman Miller Cares, Bath Illuminate, Carpenter Oak, Bath Spa University and The House of Fairy Tales. Artists and designers already signed up to the event include Edwina Bridgeman, Jono Burgess, Jessica Palmer, John East, and students from Bath Spa University.

See the Forest Information website for more information.

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