Photographs by Verity Cullingford
For those of us who live in and around Findon Valley, aren’t we very fortunate to have Cissbury Ring to enjoy! We were reminded of this when our son asked us to walk with him up to Cissbury Ring to show us what he and his classmates had done there on a school trip the day before.
Our son attends the Vale School and as part of their art curriculum this term, they have looked at ‘Art in Nature’. As part of this theme, the children have been investigating the work of Andy Goldsworthy, an artist and sculptor who creates his pieces entirely from natural materials.
On Wed 19th Oct, the whole of Year 6 were taken on a walk from the school up to Cissbury Ring, where they were given the opportunity, in groups, to create their very own Goldsworthy inspired pieces, utilising all natural materials found on the Ring!
So, on a clear and bright October evening, we set off to see for ourselves their hard work. We stopped numerous times on the way to look at the most spectacular views; the school and the houses nestled in the valley, and the sea in the distance.
When we got to the clump of trees at the top of Cissbury Ring, we were delighted to find so many beautiful designs! I don’t really know what I had expected, but it was astounding to see the intricacy and thought that had gone into the children’s pieces of art
We walked round and photographed as many as we could, then, to put the icing on the cake, the sunset on a beautiful evening.
We would like to thank the Vale School, in particular the Year 6 teachers, TA’s and parent helpers who went with the children on the day, and of course the children for creating such masterpieces for us all to enjoy!
Findon Valley resident
22 October 2011
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