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Artists unearth Surrey

Published: 31 July 2018

Stunning interpretations of Surrey's landscape

Ten artists have been peeling back the fabric of the countryside to unearth the natural materials that make up the landscape of the Surrey Hills. Surrey Unearthed is a project where artists have been interpreting the natural materials that are the basis of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Through sculpture, film, art installations and writing, the artist's have interpreted the materials that have helped form this beautiful area. Whether it's the North Down's chalk scarp, river valleys or the protected heathlands, the artists have conveyed these natural occurrences through stunning temporary installations on the landscape, exhibitions, walks and talks and films.

The photo above shows what artist Mary Branson will be working on over the summer. Black wrapped hay bales will be placed in the lower field on Box Hill in a design which celebrates the local endangered Straw Belle moth. These will be illuminated from 15 September 2018 from dusk till 11pm each evening. The light installation will be visible from Salomon's Memorial, enabling viewers to see the work from a distance and also at closer proximity by guided night time walks.

Pictured above is just one of the exciting projects that you'll be able to discover, some of which are already available to view such as the Fossil Ocean Floor. This is a monumental installation in farmland adjacent to the Great Western Railway near Dorking. The work will be viewable until 31 August 2018. It can be viewed from the carriage road at Ranmore Common, the train from West Dorking and the footpath across Milton Court Farm.

Take a look at what other artists have already created or will be working on throughout 2018 and 2019 by visiting Surrey Unearthed.

This project is funded by Arts Council England.

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