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New sculptures introduced at popular Canvey nature reserve
NEW art sculptures have been introduced at a popular nature reserve to help make it a nicer place to visit.
The wicker installations have been placed in the RSPB West Canvey Marsh, off Canvey Road.
Youngsters from the RSPB Wildlife Explorer Group joined artist Laura Bacon to weave the wicker round the sculptures providing a lasting display for the wildlife haven.
Laura Ellen Bacon has created various willow structures for the RSPB Visitor Centre garden at Wat Tyler Country Park over the past few years as part of the £800,000 Access to Nature project which lasted three years and ended in October 2012.
Marc Outten, South Essex Warden for the RSPB, said: “Laura’s work on our nature reserve and in our garden is beautiful. It’s a fantastic way of mixing art and nature and giving another dimension to the reserve for our visitors to enjoy.
“We want to get people guessing and allow them to interpret Laura’s art in a way that is meaningful to them.”
She also created a £30,000 installation for the new £18.5million Roscommon Way Extension which is now displayed at Cornelius Vermuyden School, in Dinant Avenue, Canvey after Essex County Councty failed to gain the appropriate planning consent.
The 627-acre West Canvey marshes includes nearly two miles of new nature trails, three viewing points, a picnic area and children's adventure area.
The wetlands are frequently home to lapwing, redshanks, marsh harriers and more recently short-eared owls.
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