The wooded valley leading down to Aberfforest beach once hosted an amazing exhibition of sculptures. They were fashioned from soil and slate, turves and trees and were destined to return to nature in their own time and leave no trace. We watched them slowly decay over the years and now the sculptures are gone. I don’t remember the artist* but I do remember the delight and surprise of discerning a small plume of smoke drifting up from the chimney of this forest home when we first stumbled upon it.
A four-poster bed offered shelter and rest.
Sparkling rivulets were channelled from the streams through stone and wood appearing and disappearing, burbling and gurgling.
I’m not sure whether even the most attentive walker could find any remnant of these installations now, but the wood is still a quiet, green hidden world where the wind chimes that drew attention to the sculptures are now silent, leaving you only birdsong and the sound of water falling into a pool below.
This beautiful wood forms part of the Dinas Community Forum walk that guides you from Cwm yr Eglwys to Aberfforest. Click here Cwm yr Eglwys to Aberfforest – Dinas Circular Walks – July 2014-2 to download. This leaflet and the others in the set can be found, free of charge, in local shops, pubs and B and Bs. They will also be at Tegfan, of course.
*I’d really like to hear from anyone who knows more about this event and the artist who designed and constructed the exhibition. It was magical!