Artist Richard Shilling is creating a brand new work for Lakes Alive which takes inspiration from the local environment.

Richard, from Bolton-le-Sands near Lancaster, makes sculptures from natural materials he gathers near to where each sculpture is made.

Lakes Alive is thrilled to commission Richard to create a new piece for the festival which runs from 8-10 September in Kendal and wider Lake District National Park.

The large scale piece is called "Seek" and be located at Kendal Castle. The castle will be a hive of activity during Lakes Alive as it's also the location for the giant Shipping Forecast light installation. 

Lakes Alive grabbed five minutes with Richard to hear about his plans. 

What inspires you about working the Lake District?

Richard: "People have been coming to the Lake District for hundreds of years in search of something. Solitude, inspiration, a relationship with nature, beauty, wildness and those feelings of awe and insignificance in the face of many aeons of geological activity."

How does the environment inspire your work?

Richard: "Rugged country and evocative landscapes conjure up those things within us and through my art I seek to go the other way and find answers in the small details by making sculptures with ephemeral natural materials. The vastness of the landscape and the tiny details within a leaf."

What can Lakes Alive visitors expect from your installation at Kendal Castle?

"For Lakes Alive I will be creating a natural art installation inspired by these themes of vastness of landscape and tiny details. Large scale and set high on a hill it will be seen from various viewpoints in Kendal. 

"Up close you will see the small intricate details too, using a mixture of longer lasting and short-lived ephemeral materials gathered from the local environment I hope to enlighten you with the beauty, diversity and richness of Mother Nature.

"Seek and you shall find..."

Richard Shilling's Land Art piece will be located at Kendal Castle from Saturday 9 September. 

Also at Kendal Castle will be a major art installation called Shipping Forecast - a huge light field which will burst into colour at night. Shipping Forecast can be seen from Friday 8 September. 

More details about Richard Shilling.

Melted Ice Imprint
Richard Shilling's Melted Ice Print.