"When we come together we’re as strong as the forest."
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Inspired by the winter solstice and Knowsley Safari’s ancient woodland setting and the deer herd who roam it, the hologram-like audio visual spectacle explores the magic, myth and spirituality that these ‘guardians of the forest’ have inspired in cultures across the world.
Visitors are invited to pause at the installation and watch and listen as colourful autumn leaves fall, pink moons rise, flowers bloom and people magically transform... and imagine what would happen if we grew antlers and could tune in and reconnect into the nature all around us?
Find out more about Enchanted and book your tickets.
Artist Lou Chapelle says:
“I was fascinated by the idea of deer antlers as antennae linking the earth with the sky, the moon and the stars and how they might help us tune into deeper meanings, feelings and senses. It’s been a pleasure to see how the children have taken these ideas and developed them, while getting stuck in creating their own antler headdresses and turning themselves into deer for the final piece.”
More about the project on Lou Chapelle's website.
Growing Antlers takes inspiration from Knowsley Safari’s ancient woodland setting, the (extinct in the wild) Père David’s Deer herd who roam it, as well as its international deer conservation programme.
Artistic Director Lou Chapelle
Soundtrack by Aimee and Taran
Video by Tim Brunsden
Animation by Laura Spark
Heart of Glass Producer Rhyannon Parry
Special thanks to the Knowsley families who were involved.