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By James Tunnard

Experience Art on the North Downs Way

Due May 2021

At Denbies Hillside, we will be connecting the North Downs Way National Trail to a truly inspirational view. We will celebrate this view with an artwork, Radius created by artist James Tunnard. Made from locally sourced oak, the undulating curves of ‘Radius’ reflect the shapes of the surrounding hills and valleys as well as the radial symmetries of growth found in trees and other plant life. The curved form of the seating area orientates visitors towards the inspiring views that radiate out from the hillside location. Within the structure there are windows that frame particular views of the panorama.

 Radius will be engraved with poems written by local poets and inscriptions from members of the public. Inspired by the natural surroundings these will offer a stimulus for thought for those visiting this special location.

Radius is about creating a place to pause for a moment, for visitors to enjoy the view and contemplate the sculpture and poetry inspired by it.”

James Tunnard

The Inspiring Views project restores hidden viewpoints across the Surrey Hills, improving access and celebrating these views through innovative, sculptural seating.

Alongside Radius, an inspirational learning programme will engage communities through talks, walks, conservation and creative activities. Young people will make their own structures, local poets will create new work and a series of films will tell people’s ‘Views from the bench.’ 

We are working with conservation volunteers to carry out the landscaping so that everyone, including those with mobility issues, can access the viewpoint for a relaxing, uplifting experience. 

The Location

From the Denbies car park, take the path beside the farm shop uphill until you come to sign posts for bridle way. Turn left and walk on the wide grass path through the vineyard. Take another grass path on the right and the location is at the top of the ridge on your right. The exact location on the What3Words App is:

This spot is where the North Downs Way meets the fence line of Denbies Estate. Access will be made through to the site from this tarmac path.

This project is co-financed by the European Union

James Tunnard site visit
James Tunnard site visit

James Tunnard

James Tunnard is an artist and designer working across a wide range of disciplines and materials. His work focuses on the process of creating – how ideas become material form and then experiences. He is intrigued by the process of imaginative investigation, experimentation and collaboration.