Art in the park

Queen Elizabeth Country Park is proud to host the work of local artists within the park.

The Head of Ascapart

The Head of Ascapart at Queen Elizabeth Country Park

The Head of Ascapart at Queen Elizabeth Country Park
Mark Antony Haden Ford working on The Head of Ascapart at Queen Elizabeth Country Park

About Mark's sculpture

A legendary giant from English folklore has appeared at Queen Elizabeth Country Park in the form of The Head of Ascapart, a willow sculpture by Land Artist Mark Antony Haden Ford of Two Circles Design.

Mark, who attended Havant college and who’s family lived in Leigh Park, was inspired by the legends of giants as a child whilst growing up on the edge of the South Downs National Park, and it was the South Downs National Park who funded this commission to feature as a new location for people to stop a minute and take in the surroundings.

The story of this 10m local giant and his eventual conqueror Bevis of Hampton would have been shared in taverns and inns, discussed over campfires, whispered by watchmen, and brought to life by bards. It is a tale of vengeance, love, peril, and adventure.

The sculpture is situated near to the top of the juniper car park past the BBQ and assault course areas.

You can read more about Bevis of Hampton here.

Listen to an interview with Mark discussing The Head of Ascapart.

About the artist

Mark Antony Haden Ford has been exhibiting since 1990. He started art school as a painter and later explored the possibility of making 3 dimensional drawings in real space which led him to weaving with found and grown natural materials in the realm of willow sculpture. These surreal installations and ambiguous artworks directly engage with the environment as semi-permanent sculptures often based on seeds and plant forms and the potential of all things.

He has a strong interest in the archaeology, geography and mystery of the natural world, drawing on ancient traditions and techniques of willow craft and woodland management. Mark says ”Environmental art has the power to change the way we view the world and questions our role within it, everything begins with a seed, even us”.

If you would like to find out more about Mark's artworks visit www.twocirclesdesign.co.uk

The Giant's Chair

Flora Bucket with her Giant's Chair installation

People helping to move Flora Bucket's Giant's Chair installation into place
People enjoying Flora Bucket's Giant's Chair installation

About Flora's installation

Deep in the forest of Queen Elizabeth Country Park once stood a 30ft wooden sculpture, known as the Giant’s Chair. Over thirty years later, the chairs story lives on, told through the eyes of artist, Flora Bucket and the mystery she uncovered.

The chairs life was shrouded in secrets, and the mystery of its origins unknown. Through intense research and exploration, the hunt for the Giant began.

Join Flora on her journey to discover the history of the Giant’s Chair, exploring the relationship between art and nature and visit the final resting place of Flora’s own interpretation of the Giant’s Chair.

About the artist

"Environmentally focused, I intend to generate awareness and action towards issues of global climate change. This socially engaging art practice takes on many forms to encourage, and inspire change from both communities and individuals. Researching environmental concerns, I present my findings as an interweaving of art and ecology through practice, materials and experience. Creating sustainable solutions to protect our planet, and changing perspectives through a material practice."

Flora's website can be found at www.florabucket.cargo.site