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In February 2017 we were commissioned by the birthplace of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother to produce some sculpture based on the Shakespeare play Macbeth. The sculpture would form a trail through the Castles Pinetum in order to improve visitor experience, improve dwell time and lead people through an underused, yet beautiful, section of the gardens.
We lived on site for four months to produce a series of design inspired by the play and to carve the trail. We also engaged three local schools with creative workshops throughout the project.
The design process was fairly straight forward, we watched various adaptations of the play and reread the text to provide inspiration. We initially wanted to focus the trail on Lady Macbeth and show the play through her eyes. A more traditional approach was requested however and we finalised designs with the Estate.
We used timber from the Estate and advised on the suitability of various pieces. The carving process was documented through our social media channels as well as through Scottish ITV and we engaged with both local and national media.
On completion of the sculpting we liaised with the Estate Head Gardener to decide their final position and provided a solution for the installation and a maintenance programme.
We worked closely, throughout the whole process, with the Estate and formed a good relationship. We finished the project on time and to budget. The project saw a yearly 50% rise in visitor numbers to the Estate Gardens.