Designed and constructed by University Centre Weston’s Contemporary Art and Professional Studies Degree students, the structure is made of approximately five hundred bricks which have been hand sculpted and fired at Weston College. Alongside the living elements, the key inspiration for the sculpture has been drawn from old brick kilns around the area. It will provide a habitat and haven for wildlife and will encourage insects such as lacewings and beetles to make their home within the structure. Over time, mosses and lichens will make themselves at home in all the nooks and crannies, not only on the base, but all over the sculpture.
The sculpture was assembled by the Weston College’s Technology Engineering and Construction faculty and other bricks were kindly donated by Ibstock Bricks of Almondsbury.
The project was a partnership between Friends of Apex Park Improvements Group and the former Sedgemoor District Council and the University Centre Weston.
Somerset's Ecologist said ‘It is crucial that the refreshed design will continue to provide a habitat and haven for wildlife, especially the dwindling bee and insect populations and provide an opportunity for nesting sites for mason and leaf cutter bees that lay their eggs in cavities in walls and trees. The sculptures appearance is reminiscent of a clay flowerpot filled with plants. It also encourages insects such as lacewings and beetles to make their home here. Over time mosses and lichens will make themselves at home in all the nooks and crannies not only on the base but all over the sculpture’.
The sculpture cost £800 which was be funded by the former Sedgemoor District Council’s Parks budget.