With wire, wool and gorse

Tuesday 18th July 2000 10:00 pm

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WEST Devon people have been asked to lend a hand to make some life-sized sculptures to celebrate the millennium on Dartmoor.

The Dartmoor Projects has received lottery funding to create the sculptures of a man, woman, pony, cow and sheep.

Artist and photographer Shane Edgar will be photographing the sculptures which will be placed in important heritage locations on the moor and will reflect some of the activity and industry that helped to form the unique area.

The themes include water collection, farming, tourism, army, prison and quarrying.

Nancy Sinclair, director of Aune Head Arts which is running The Dartmoor Projects, said: 'The workshops promise to be fun and everyone is welcome, young or old, regardless of your skills and experience. The sculptures will be made of copper, wire, gorse and wool which is an unusual and rich combination.'

The photographs will be exhibited at Paignton Zoo during Torbay Arts Month in September.

Shane Edgar said: 'People often don't realise that there is more to Dartmoor than a beautiful natural wilderness.

'The moor has been heavily shaped by man and beast. This project aims to show how this has happened over the years.'

Sculptor Carol Whibley will be leading sculpture workshops in Holne for a week beginning next Monday. For details and more information about The Dartmoor Projects contact Nancy Sinclair on 01364 72044 or Shane Edgar on 01626 853931.

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