In the spring, the Southville based artist will be placing a small flotilla of boats in Leigh Woods, just the other side of the Clifton Suspension Bridge. The installation will be titled ‘Withdrawn’ and will prompting people to think about issues surrounding climate change, depleted fishing stocks and extreme weather. The boats, which will mostly be retired fishing craft, are also likely to be used for events involving Bristol organisations who work with theatre and music.
The project is being run in partnership with the National Trust and Forestry Commission and is yet to have its planning permission granted, but with backing from the Mayor, its very likely to go ahead.
Mr Jerram, whose ‘Play Me I’m Yours’ pianos were also a hit in Bristol, said: “It’s fantastic to be commissioned by the National Trust and to work with the Forestry Commission to develop ‘Withdrawn’ for Bristol 2015”.
The exhibition is being timed to coincide with Bristol’s year as European Green Capital in 2015, and Jerram says his interest in the way our environment is changing was the inspiration for ‘Withdrawn’.
Leigh Woods is full of unusual natural history, stories and mythologies and its location on the plateau above the famous Avon Gorge seemed like a perfect location for the exhibition. The woods are the most accessible to Bristol and will make for a spectacular sight as the boats appear out of the mist as you approach the space.”
The National Trust, which manages part of Leigh Woods, is working with Mr Jerram, along with the Forestry Commission, to make the boats open to the public for six months, with the changing seasons transforming the installation and changing the aesthetics completely.
This will be the latest addition to Bristol’s artistic landscape and will no doubt draw the attention of people from around the country.