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.