Forest Sculpture by Spencer Byles

Forest sculptor Spencer Byles spent a year creating these large-scale works of art deep in the woods of La Colle sur Loup, Villeneuve-Loubet, and Mougins.

“I took one year out of my life and spent that time submerging myself in the task of ‘furnishing’ three chosen forests with spontaneous creations that sprang from the woodland itself and were channelled by my imagination. I didn’t know what the final result was going to be."

"All the sculptures are temporary using only natural and found materials sourced at each locations."

“Every now and then I seem to disengage from what’s expected of me and step into something outside of the norm. As soon as I do this I feel rejuvenated, transformed.”

“Members of the public may happen to come across my sculptures in the forests, but more by accident than design! Most of the work is in remote sections of the woodland and the sculptures are naturally camouflaged against the background of the forest, therefore not necessarily easy to locate."

“Their hidden quality is something that I feel is integral to this aspect of my work. Most of the sculptural works will be left to disintegrate over the coming months. Should any prove to be ‘considered dangerous’ for either people or wildlife then they will be removed."

"The temporary nature of my sculptures is an important aspect of my experiencs and understanding. I feel my sculptures are only really completed when nature begins to take hold again and gradually weave its way back into the materials. At this point it slowly becomes part of nature again and less a part of me."

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