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Giant’s Chair on the Forest of Dean’s sculpture trail to be demolished

Posted on 06th May 2015

The 20-foot tall Giant’s Chair on the popular sculpture trail in the Forest of Dean is set to be taken down and burnt for charcoal.

Sculpture Trail

For just under 30 years, holidaymakers on cottage holidays in the Forest of Dean and walkers have been wowed by the landmark, which was made out of local oak by Czech artist Magdalena Jetelova in 1986.

The Giant’s Chair is currently one of 16 creations that is located along the 4.5-mile forest trail near Coleford, but now the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust has revealed that the iconic landmark has come to the end of its natural life and is now falling down.

A statement on the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust website said, “Despite efforts to extend its life, the sculpture has begun to tilt and will eventually collapse.”

“Over the years many sculptures have come and gone on the Trail. Some have been removed for safety reasons, others have been reclaimed by the Forest, overgrown or degraded into the ground. As the older sculptures come to the end of their life, new artworks appear such as our planned commission by Henry Castle.”


Image Credit: Eric Soons (Wikimedia.org)