THE BRITISH IRONWORK CENTRE – 42

When we were in Shropshire we ¬†visited the¬†British Ironworks Centre & Shropshire Sculpture Park just outside Ostwestry. The place is described on Wikipedia as “a forge, silversmiths and bric-a-brac shop”.

The grounds are full of (metal) sculptures, mainly animals, but some human ( or humanoid ) forms. There is, apparently, a gorilla made of spoons – I don’t think he is the one show below – but there is also the Knife Angel – constructed from “100,000 knives, blades, swords and other weapons used in violent crime from across 43 Police Forces in the United Kingdom.” ( Source : Wikipedia ). The knives were collected as the result of a nationwide knife amnesty.

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The Knife Angel.

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These final two shots are of deer sculptures, part of the outdoor display at the centre.

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We visited on a very wet Friday. I’d love to go back in the sunshine!

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Hatfield Forest Dawn

These two images were both taken in Hatfield Forest, just after dawn. A little experimental perhaps, both images involving longish exposures and movements of the camera – the first moving the camera up and down to take in the whole height of the trees ( 0.6 sec exposure ), the second zooming the lens during the 0.4 second exposure.