‘Hide’ at College Lake Reserve

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Four artists and 200 children have transformed the traditional bird hides around the lake into stunning art installations. This project produced by Outdoor Culture has been designed to help people enjoy green spaces through arts, learning & play. So bring your friends, family and children to visit the lake, the new visitors centre and now the new hides!

Free 9.30 – 4pm during the winter months

College Lake Nature Reserve, near Tring Buckinghamshire HP23 5QG

Tue 16 Nov to Sat 15 Jan 11

Four artists and two hundred children have transformed the interiors of four bird hides into works of art that reflect and enhance their setting and purpose.  This is functioning environmental art re-imagined for the 2010s..

James Aldridge (right) brings together found objects, historical data, vintage luggage and manipulated maps to explore bird migration and industrial heritage.

Martin Prothero creates new work by enabling the plants and animals of the reserve to draw directly in the soil and represent themselves as art.

Lynda Cornwell (left) illuminates the ultraviolet markings of local birds and insects with shifting rainbows of white light reflected from the sun.

Stu McLellan (right) plays with the format of the graphic novel to portray his hide as a portal to a surreal and surprising universe.

Children from Ashmead School and Bierton School in Aylesbury Vale have worked with James and Martin as part of the creative process.

Please come prepared for bad weather and mud, just in case.  This is an outdoor event.  After introductions and refreshments, you’ll be able to wander around the lake, visit the bird hide installations and meet the artists.

College Lake is managed for wildlife and people by the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust:  http://www.bbowt.org.uk/content.asp?did=23523

Here’s a map to help you find us:  http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&tab=wl

This project was made possible by a grant from the Aylesbury Vale Community Chest.

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