Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Forest of Steel Latest Scheme for Kielder

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Forest of Steel Latest Scheme for Kielder

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They are not trees, they have no leaves and they are made of metal, but 5,000 of them are set to be planted at Kielder Forest - all in the name of art.

Commissioned by regeneration body, the Kielder Partnership, a new sculpture made up of 5,000 steel rods, up to seven metres tall, is set to be created by architect David Adjaye and artist Graham Seaton.

The artists say it will be "a very exciting addition to the unique and fascinating context of Kielder Water and Forest Park."

But local residents who likened the Minotaur maze, installed in June, to a relic of the Cold War or a condemned city tower block, were yesterday unimpressed with the latest plan.

Don Clegg, who lives in the nearby village of Falstone, said: "We've got so much beauty in this area we don't need any of this artificial stuff. The grandiose descriptions they give to these things always make me laugh, saying it reflects this, that or the other. It's just a load of stainless steel poles. …

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