The Ellesmere Sculpture Trail
The Ellesmere Sculpture Trail has been developed over the past 10 years. It is made up of sculptures set in the unique and beautiful landscape of Ellesmere in North Shropshire. The pieces are created by international contemporary artists, commissioned by the Ellesmere Sculpture Initiative (ESi), and are made specifically in response to the location.
For each phase of the trail, pieces were made using local stone and wood, wherever possible, to reflect the history and heritage of the landscape around Ellesmere.
Sculpture, a three-dimensional art form sits well in outdoor locations, especially where there are contrasting shapes and textures in the landscape. With its particular form and material, an individual sculpture can complement or contrast with its location. Sculpture in the landscape can change the experience of a familiar setting, give a little-known area of natural beauty a wider profile and bring art to a new audience.
The trail provides visitors with a free and gentle tour of Ellesmere (largely accessible by wheelchair and pushchair) taking in the uniquely attractive settings of the Mere, the historic Castlefields, and the canal.
See the Trail Map page for details of where to find the sculptures.
As seen in the publication
'Sculpture Parks and Trails
of Britain and Ireland'