Red Kite Viewpoint Interpretation Panels
My exhibition of digital prints at Thornley Woodlands Centre in 2006 was noticed by Keith Bowey, Manager of the Northern Kites Project for the RSPB, who liked the look of the images and the technique involved, and with public interest in the red kite reintroduction gathering momentum year on year, by early 2007 it was time for the Project to put in place interpretation panels throughout the core area of the lower Derwent Valley to aid identification and to tell interested onlookers a bit about the birds and the project itself.
Keith got in touch and I was commissioned to produce artwork for these panels in my multi-format technique, for which I photographed the local landscape, painted watercolours of red kites from various angles to place in the landscape, and brought the two media together by reformatting the composition on computer.
The resulting artwork now appears in A1 sized panels at red kite viewpoints in the Derwent Valley and along the 18km Red Kite Walk, (notably in the carpark of the Black Horse pub in Barlow Fell) along with a number of smaller A4 identification panels at various points for example Kite Hill, the Golden Lion pub and in Derwent Park overlooking Gibside.
|A1 panel at Red Kite Viewpoint, Sherburn Towers Farm,|
Rowlands Gill in the lower Derwent Valley
|Same panel in situ, with seat overlooking the main winter roost site, the|
clump of trees surrounding the farm buildings.
|A different view, showing also the concrete red kite shape on the ground,|
completing a cracking little viewpoint.
|A second A1 panel along the Derwent Walk overlooking Lintzford,|
also part of the 18km Red Kite Walk.
|This panel in situ|
|And the view from the seat, a great area for observing|
both red kites and common buzzards.
|One of a number of smaller panels,|
purely to aid identification of the red kites.
And the panel from the Black Horse pub in barlow Fell, firstly from the entrance to the car park itself :
The panel :
And the panoramic view of mainly farmland, though since the landfill site was filled in (large brown splodge in distance) there aren't so many kites to be seen here nowadays :
The artwork was completed in late spring 2007, and all panels were in place by the time the NKP ended in 2009.