Hooded Figure, by Ed Elliott, exhibited in Rhod 2011 in Wales, showing at Puzzlewood in October.
Hooded Figure, by Ed Elliott, exhibited in Rhod 2011 in Wales, showing at Puzzlewood in October.

Emerging artist Ed Elliott, in conversation with Puzzlewood, has mounted an exhibition in conjunction with Puzzlewood’s Halloween celebrations.  Puzzlewood, a magical day out in the Forest
of Dean and a popular TV and Film location, is the perfect location for Elliott’s ‘Reaction’ series, exploring figurative sculpture in a contemporary way.

With interests in mythology, folklore and their relationship with human perception and the psyche, Elliott’s work has the power to evoke many different emotions in the viewer.  Placement is key to the power of these sculptures, and Puzzlewood is the idyllic setting.

“Exhibiting my work in such a stunning and ethereal location is ideal,” said Elliott. “The unique topography of this ancient woodland, is the perfect backdrop for my sculptures.”  To show his
current work to its best advantage, Elliott has created a sculpture trail of exhibits at Puzzlewood which will be on display from 22nd to 31st October inclusive.

Ed Elliott’s large wooden figures, often hooded, are evocative of the folklore and myth attached to woodland, but with a very real and current depth of feeling.  We feel them watching us through faceless gazes. Weathered by the elements, yet with their demeanour unfazed, these works are a return to a super-tangible empathy in sculpture.”  Jason Pinder, BRG Collective.

Puzzlewood is an enchanting place. It has an atmosphere quite unlike any other wood you have visited. JRR Tolkien is reputed to have taken his inspiration for the fabled forests of Middle Earth from Puzzlewood, and it is easy to see why.  Puzzlewood has been used by the BBC for both Dr Who and Merlin.


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