The team behind the famous Man Engine are appealing for business help to create the world’s largest classical labyrinth.
Built of traditional Cornish hedging with a 56m diameter, Kerdroya the Cornish Landscape Labyrinth is a major new piece of public land art built on a disused carpark site in the middle of Bodmin Moor.
Visitors will have a fully immersive experience as they walk a single, meandering path through stretches of artisan stonework celebrating the aesthetics of distinct hedging styles celebrating all 12 sections of the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in its 60th anniversary year.
“Thanks to funding from Cornwall Council, Cornwall AONB, Arts Council England, National Lottery Heritage Fund, Cornwall Heritage Trust and FEAST we’ve completed the groundwork and set the ‘grounders’ (Cornish hedge foundation boulders),” explained Will Coleman, director of Golden Tree and pioneer of the project.
“The footprint of Cornwall with its 12 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is now visible from above. Mind you, this isn’t a quick project, and it will be well into 2021 before hedging proper begins. But, when you are building something to last 4,000 years everything is better off done ‘drekly’.”
Closed during the winter, in the spring the site will become ‘the Outdoor University of Cornish Hedging’, as an extensive training programme supported by the Guild of Cornish Hedgers funded by Cornwall Council and National Lottery Heritage Fund passes on the ancient craft of hedging to the next generation. The project will host at least 62 apprentice Cornish hedgers who will be part of the skilled team constructing the labyrinth.
As part of this new piece of public art, there are opportunities for businesses, brands and the public to get involved. £220 is the cost for the Hedge Pledge where supporters can choose their very own stretch of the labyrinth’s hedge, and there are significant sponsor packages as well. For full details, click here.