Local residents took part in a series of torch-lit walks led by acclaimed artist Laurence Payot, giving them a chance to rediscover Bracknell’s woodland in a new inspirational way.
Laurence said: “During my first visit in Bracknell, I was inspired by the co-existence of urban spaces and woodlands, ivy growing on concrete roads, wild trees taking over people’s back gardens, shoppers walking home with plastic bags through the deep of the forest…
“I had the feeling that the people of Bracknell could be ‘keepers of the forest” and that they might have a secret knowledge and understanding of the forest.
“The walks were a search for this unknown. I was a guide, guided by the people who joined me. Our head torches came together to create a collective glow, a consensus on where to look. What we found was special and magical, a moment shared together, away from the fast pace of our everyday, reconnecting with nature, each other, and oneself. Thank you to those who joined me to make this happen.”
Poet, Scott Farlow, has created a poem entitled ‘Encounter Forest Light’ to accompany the images on display at the exhibition.
Simon Russian, development manager at Legal & General on behalf of the Bracknell Regeneration Partnership, says: “Bracknell is surrounded by historic and beautiful woodland. Laurence’s breathtaking images reveal a different and thought provoking portrayal of the town’s surroundings. I hope people enjoy the surprising exhibition.”
The exhibition will be located on the ground floor of Princess Square by the main entrance. Visitors to the town centre can view the unique series of art from 10am until 2pm on May 19th 2016 until June 4th 2016.
Cllr Marc Brunel-Walker, executive member for economic development and regeneration, said: “We’re very lucky to live in such a luscious green area, which I think can be so easily overlooked as we get on with our day-to-day lives. The dusk walks were an inspired way to involve the local community and give pause for thought, reflection and appreciation about the area in which we live.”