Rushden Lakes Shopping Centre is a unique place to shop, eat, and explore, offering a world of outdoor discovery at the gateway to the Nene Wetlands. It combines a modern shopping centre with the natural world, promoting the environment – something that we are happy to be a part of. As part of the development, they asked us to build a series of giant animal sculptures and wooden animal carvings – all based on creatures that live in the local environment.
We made several giant bird and hare sculptures, constructed from metal frames and finished with hand woven willow, in addition to many different birds, mammals, and insects that populate the local environment. These are now positioned around the grounds of Rushden Lakes for all visitors to enjoy.
We made a hare, a flying swan, two racing swallows, and three starlings from willow woven onto metal frames. Each structure is far larger than reality… far larger than a human, in fact, so they are quite striking for visitors who encounter them for the first time.
Incorporating many different creatures from the local wildlife, we placed many carvings around the site for visitors to discover.
In addition to giant sculptures and wooden animal carvings, we also built a picnic shelter with a footbridge, four nature-themed play areas, and a pond dipping platform at Rushden Lakes. You can get an overview of all our creations at Rushden Lakes here.
As part of our sister company that specialises in bespoke play equipment, Flights of Fantasy, we built four nature themed play areas. Each one incorporates elements of the local flora or fauna, offering a memorable and engaging play experience for children of all ages. You can see more information about the Rushden Lakes play areas on the Flights of Fantasy website by clicking here.
Use the giant animal sculptures and wooden animal carvings on this page as inspiration for your project, as well as the other wooden carvings and sculptures that we have made over the years. We love a creative challenge, so no matter whether you are looking for something similar to what we have already made or something completely new and unique, we are up to it!