At Knowsley Safari last week, families who worked with artist Lou Chapelle on the Growing Antlers installation got to see their work on the ‘big screen’ for the very first time.
The artwork commissioned and produced by local arts organisation Heart of Glass, forms part of Knowsley Safari’s Enchanted festive trail. It has already been seen by 30 thousand visitors of all ages since it opened at the end of November, and will be seen by thousands more in the coming weeks.
Aimee, a mum from Kirkby who took part, said:
“Growing Antlers was a fun and thought-provoking piece to work on. The whole process, from watching the deers move, learning about their endangered status to translating it into a visual and sound storyboard with the participants was all fascinating. The final piece really captured the ideas, story and magic created in these sessions!”
The group attended workshops over several weeks, in which they came up with concepts for the artwork, created papier-mâché props and developed a storyboard. They also ‘starred in’ it as performers.
Inspired by the winter solstice, Knowsley Safari’s ancient woodland setting and the deer herd who roam it, the hologram-like audio visual spectacle explores the magic, myth and spirituality that these ‘guardians of the forest’ have inspired in cultures across the world.
Read more about the project and find out more about tickets here: heartofglass.org.uk/antlers