Colliers Way Art Trail

“The apple trees and enamel signs fit so well into this path, small scale and almost secretive. I look out for each one, the old names are almost like poetry.” Local resident.

Linear Orchard and Three Pocket Orchards, enamel signs by Liz Turrell and Imi Maufe

Artists worked with local schools to develop work based around the concept of a 'Linear Orchard' which was planted by Sustrans on Colliers Way. The orchard consists of English apple trees planted at intervals to highlight disappearing orchards in Somerset, and echo self seeded fruit trees (from apple cores thrown from trains) along the route.

The work pays homage to the work of artists Joseph Beuys, '7000' oaks in which over a period of five years oak trees (symbols of transience of life and interdependence) were planted alongside a column of Basalt (symbol of the eternal universe) throughout the city of Kassel, Germany. Beuys intended the project to be the first stage in an ongoing scheme of tree planting to be extended throughout the world as part of a global mission to effect environmental and social change.

Artists Jon Easterby, Louise Baker, Liz Turrel and Imi Maufe also worked with local schools and parents to develop artwork for the project and exhibited as part of a Schools Exhibition at Radstock Museum. 

Stone Column by Jerry Ortman, Colliers Way, Bath to Frome, National Route 24

Stone Column by Jerry Ortmans

This piece is formed by seven stacked boulders reflecting the geological strata of the area (Chalk Cretaceous, Forest Marble, Great Oolite, Inferior Oolite, Blue Lias, White Lias, Pennant) to commemorate the pioneering work of William smith, the 'father of geology' who once lived at nearby Tucking Mill and who worked as a surveyor constructing the canal system in the area.

Fussell's Railings by Jez Pearson, Colliers Way, Frome to Radstock, National Route 24Fussell's Railings by Jez Pearson

These railings commemorate the water foce which powered the local Fussell's sharp tool factory. The work is made up of flowing forms that combine artistic and blacksmithing skills.

Other work on the route includes the Genome Stripes by Katy Hallett, Cycle Sign Waymarkers by Elizabeth Turrell and Imi Maufe, Enamel Sign Waymarkers by Elizabeth Turrell and Imi Maufe and Simplicity Bench by Yumiko Aoyagi.

"I live in Kilmesden, LOVE the new cycle path, use it for dog walking and cycling almost daily and wanted you to know that I also love these colourful genome stripes, they are great fun, keep up the great work.” Local resident.

This project was  possible by the generous support of the Arts Council England, South West Regional Development Agency, Radstock Town Council, Somerset County Council, and Mendip District Council, The Gatliff Trust, and BANES.

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