Experience the trail of life on airport walk

East Midlands Airport has added another unique piece of local art to its airport trail. The piece of art, named ‘Trail of Life’ is the fourth piece to be added to the six mile walk as part of the Art on the Trail project, in just over five years. Trail of Life illustrates the concept of green environment, tranquillity, travelling and getting to know people from around the world.

Working with Derby based artist Zahir Shaikh, the new installation takes a spiral form and includes mosaic murals, designed by community groups from the local area; including Diseworth Heritage Group, Castle Donington WI, Castle Donington Rotary Club, Quilt Together Shepshed, Coleorton WI, Ruddington Wednesday Morning Club and the Swadlincote 50+ Forum.

Anna Thomson, Community Relations Manager East Midlands Airport said: “The new piece of art is really different to any of the existing pieces. The artwork is easily accessible and the trail is open to everyone. We feel that the latest piece really encompasses the airport’s community sprit and we are incredibly pleased that so many people in the local area were involved."

The groups and individuals involved in the project recently attended a launch event at the site of the sculpture, where they had the opportunity to see the final sculpture displaying the mosaic designs that they created at the workshops with Zahir.

Zahir Shaikh, Artist said: “I have really enjoyed working on this project with the community groups, and am thrilled with the final result. I hope that all involved and the public will enjoy the sculpture.”

Art on the Trail is an arts and community engagement project that seeks to create positive, long lasting links with community groups and schools, while developing art pieces that are accessible to the public.

Previous art pieces on the trail have included; a piece made from steel by Derby blacksmith Andy McCallum, which depicted nature, a wooden sculpture of a dog’s tooth violet seed and stepping stones, designed and created by local students and artists.

The trail offers visitors the chance to walk through woodland, grassland and wildflower meadows, with information boards explaining the wildlife in the area, as well as glimpses of bat boxes and hedgehog hotels.

Published on: 17/08/2011 14:11:18

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