Aerocene floating at Forest of Imagination in Bath
29 June - 2 July 2017
A four-day participatory, contemporary arts event and creative learning programme, Forest of Imagination is delivered by a collaborative team of local creative organisations in Bath, UK. Transforming a familiar public place into an inclusive space for contemporary creativity and intuitive play, the festival offers an immersive experience for participants through interactive installations, artworks and workshops. Forest of Imagination is free and open to all.
This years edition of the festival takes the idea of our ‘natural home’ into the unique landscape of Bushey Norwood located right on the edge of the city of Bath. This prehistoric meadow landscape, with mature open grown trees surrounded by pockets of woodland and elevated views, has many similarities to the African savannah, often considered the first human habitat. This provides the perfect setting to explore the idea of where we feel most at home – is it in the city or in the nature?
During the festival, an Aerocene Explorer Sculpture was launched to further investigate the importance of our atmosphere, collaborating with forgotten supply chains - the planet itself.
The sculpture flew high above Bushey Norwood, only using wind currents and the heat of the sun. The air-fuelled sculpture reached up to eight metres in size, without fossil fuels, helium, solar panels or batteries. An exploration into navigation, architecture, the future of human habitation and the environment, Aerocene sculptures were born among Aerocene Foundation after having expanded together with its worldwide community.
“Bushey Norwood proved the perfect place for linking the city of Bath to the forest edge. The landscape’s ancient trees, wooded dells and meadows all called for exploration. Many visitors to the event have remarked on how the beautiful walks between the installations were an integral part of the creative Forest experience. On behalf of the event organisers, I would like to thank all those who came to visit Forest and hope they enjoyed discovering this lesser known part of Bath in its full summer glory.” Andrew Grant, Director of Grant Associates and co-founder of Forest of Imagination, comments.
All the images are taken from Forest of Imagination Aerocene Movie