This summer, as part of the Forest of Imagination festival, we were part of the team creating the Living Tree installation. The festival is held annually in Bath and is designed to inspire curiosity and conversations about the importance of nature.
Carpenter Oak collaborated with a brilliant team, including artist and film-maker Andrew Amondson, to design and build this amazing installation at The Egg Theatre in Bath.
Visitors were able to explore the Living Tree inside and out and with its forest floor, 5-meter-high twisting, conceptual tree and a mirror maze, it was a unique immersive experience. School children were encouraged to visit with their schools and get involved in workshops.
The installation has recently been awarded in the Inspire Future Generations Awards 2022 in the ‘One-off programme: children’ category. The awards recognise professionals and projects that work with young people and get them thinking about the built environment.
The judging panel commented:
“The winners successfully developed their activities to be truly focused on the experience and interests of young people. They used co-research and co-design in a stimulating and engaging way, culminating in a genuinely multi-sensory and immersive experience for all. This project is an excellent example of how inclusive engagement can also lead to an innovative, built output.”
Carpenter Oak have been involved in helping to create an installation for the Forest of Imagination festival in Bath for several years, and we’ll be involved again in 2023 so watch out for updates about it!
Watch this short video of children and adults experiencing the magic of the Living Tree: