Silvas Capitalis (forest head)

Silvas Capitalis (forest head)

Situated on the grounds of the Kielder forest, located near the Scottish border, the head is large enough to enter into with stairs to a 2nd floor.  This anthropomorphic offering was inspired by Celtic-Roman lore and imagery from the region.  Now old enough to host a mossy covering, it blends with its verdant surroundings, often surprising passing walkers and bicyclists on a nearby path.

Built by SIMPARCH on site, each of the 107 layers of a plywood maquette were scanned and enlarged to make full-scale paper templates. The lumber was cut to the drawing and stacked/glued/pegged together, then shaped with chainsaw and grinder.

SIMPARCH thanks Peter Eng, David Jones, and (power carver) Simon, for outstanding assistance on this project.