Following an invitation for artists to propose ideas for a new sculpture in the Waymarker competition, London-based sculptor David Rickard was awarded the commission to develop his proposal 'Time-Lapse', a structure that invites visitors to take in the view, and while they are there, ponder on the slippery nature of time passing.
In describing his proposal the artist says:
'The sculpture ‘time-lapse’ arrives from the underlying materials that define Kielder Water & Forest Park; timber and time.
With trees typically growing in Kielder Forest for several decades before harvest the forest itself reflects various timespans through the scale of the trees in different plantations. This layering of time in the landscape is also present within the growth rings buried within the timber of individual trees. Once trees are felled, time continues to govern the production of timber as a period of seasoning or drying is required before it can be put to use. A process often fast-forwarded with kiln drying, but traditionally taking several months or even years with the wood carefully stacked to allow air circulation.
As visitors approach the sculpture ‘time-lapse’ from the three paths leading to the site their first impression might be of a large stack of timber drying within the heart of the forest. Harvested at Kielder, this neat mass of timber embraces the materiality of the forest whilst also forming a minimal sculpture in juxtaposition to the surrrounding landscape.'
'Time-Lapse' will be developed during 2018 and is expected to be installed close to the head of the Whickhope inlet in spring 2019.