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‘Eyes of the Forest’ is perhaps my most ambitious wall art project to date. Made from 15 individual layers of poplar ply, it provides a window into a small corner of the vast forest in the western Cairngorms known as Abernethy. As with all my wall art, ‘Eyes of the Forest' is designed and hand crafted here in the heart of the Highlands and is made entirely from wood. If you have ever walked these forests, hopefully it will resurrect deep memories of the sights and sounds contained within them.
'Eyes of the Forest'
An ‘Ancient Caledonian Pine Forest’ once covered great swathes of the Scottish Highlands. Many iconic species of the far north would have roamed under its vast canopy, including lynx, wolves and bears. Sadly, today only small fragments of the forest remain. Much of the wildlife has also gone. But there are plans to restore at least some of the forest to its former glory. Walking its many miles of tracks was the inspiration for ‘Eyes of the Forest’. You can’t always expect to see its inhabitants. But sometimes it’s enough just to know that they are there. Somewhere.
The sheer complexity of ‘Eyes of the Forest’ made it a real production challenge. I wanted to reflect the powerful contrast created by the horizontal layers of blaeberry and heather juxtaposed with the towering verticals of the pines trees. And then, somewhere inside, I wanted to include just some of the wonderful creatures that call this great natural cathedral home.
The baseboard is made of pine. The 3D image layers are of poplar. All Wall Arts come ready to hang with two D rings mounted on the reverse. I recommend hanging on two screws rather than a cord, as this holds the Wall Art flatter agains the wall. ‘Eyes of the Forest’ is a heavy wall art and will require fixings which are adequate to hold such a weight.
Please note: All 'Off the Wall' products are entirely hand made. Therefore whilst I make every effort to maintain uniformity, there will inevitably be variations from one item to another (eg exact colour, knotting and grain in the wood etc). That's what makes each wall art unique!