Last year Gt Linford commissioned a sculpture trail celebrating the Japanese boarding school that used to be here, before the site was redeveloped for housing. The Gyosei Art Trail We stumbled upon this while cruising yesterday so of course I had to look up what why and where before I could go off searching for all 8 of the installations.
The first is a beautiful glass mosaic picture of a barn owl in Autumn,
So much detail and sparkle, I’d give this picture a place in my home if the people of MK ever got bored with it.
Next we saw a shire horse plodding along the bank.
And an elegant bench to sit and watch the world go by.
I’d love to know what the Japanese writing says. I didn’t think it would be comfortable but it was.
The next bench didn’t appeal to me quite so much, I hope he isnt one of the locals.
but then I was worried about being attacked by the giant dragonfly hovering above.
Its made out of an old shopping trolley.
I took shelter under the bridge and found a gallery of 7 murals, each with a classical reference. They reminded me of the monthly calendars my mum used to get every year.
The final two installations were harder to spot, perhaps this one was was intended to catch the giant dragonfly.
Although being 2-3 m wide, I was very very glad not to have seen its local resident.
And number 8 was an intricately sculptured map depicting the positions of the art alongside the canal. It was built around the foundation stone of the school the trail was commemorating. And was actually set within the gardens of the new housing estate built on the land.