Sculptures and videos in a park and its visitor centre and café

Night Warbler by Kim L Pace, with robin (photo: Tim Shore; photo on homepage with nuthatch: Andy Eathorne) @kimpstagram

Woodland Spirit by Kim L Pace (photos hereafter: Andy Eathorne)

Brock by Kim L Pace in the visitor centre

Alcedinidae by Kim L Pace

Not Yet Out Of The Wood, video by Jennet Thomas in the visitor centre @jennetthomas

CHUVIHONI, video by Delaine Le Bas & Damian James Le Bas in the visitor centre @delainelebas

Wheatear, Goldfinch, Thrush by Denise de Cordova in the visitor centre @denisedecordova

The Winter Watcher by Denise de Cordova

Collective Territories: The Woods, Assemblage 6 by Danny Treacy @dannytreacyuk

A Gathering With Young Birch Trees, performance and video in the café by Johannes Zits @johanneszits

Artists: Denise de CordovaDelaine Le Bas, Kim L PaceJennet ThomasDanny Treacy, Johannes Zits

Commissioned and developed by James Steventon, director of Fermynwoods Contemporary Art. Funded by Arts Council England as part of Xylophobia, Fermynwoods Contemporary Art’s two-year programme from 2022-2024. Named from the fear of wooden objects or forests, Xylophobia addresses issues of place and belonging, which go to the heart of community feelings of exclusion from both the art world and woodland space.

It’s not necessarily the woods, it’s just that sometimes I think I probably hold myself back because I worry too much. But this has really challenged me to feel the fear and do it anyway and I think I will and I’ll let you know. Jo Burnham, visitor

Could be just curiosity, very important thing curiosity out of which grows increased learning and finally “intelligence” or mental abilities if you like… so might be that? It is smallish and a bit queer I think too, so maybe we react in the same way sometimes? Marthe Kiley-Worthington, research scientist, author and specialist in understanding animal minds, responding to bird interest in Kim L Pace’s Night Warbler

I found the video by the little bat quite moving! It has great atmosphere in the way it tells a sad but true tale about the effect of humans on the environment. The use of the s word is very apt, especially how it worked into the song. Hopefully, it might make people think. Hilary Monk, Senior Ranger at Barnwell Country Park

Walking through Barnwell Park, it is a constant surprise to spot artwork dispersed on trees and featured in wooden huts. Jennifer Yang, Oundle Chronicle

Guide written by James Steventon: