Rosie Leventon makes Sculptural Installations Land Art and drawings. She makes interventions into the fabric of a building false such as floating floors and corridors, as well as smaller sculpture and permanent outdoor environmental artworks of earth, stone, water and wood.
Exhibitions include: Serpentine Gallery, Chisenhale Gallery , The National Maritime Museum and Nettie Horn gallery,in London. Internationally , Prague Festival of Contemporary Art, Czech Republic. The Dostoyevsky Museum Russia, Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona, and Der Pfalzgalerie, Germany.
Commissions Include: The Woodland Trust. National Maritime Museum Greenwich Convergence Int. Arts Festival USA and Camden Arts Centre.
She has won several Awards including the Mark Tanner Award for Sculpture. and has sold drawings to the Henry Moore Sculpture Trust in Leeds.
Using her background in archaeology she creates work which re-appraises our historical provenance – Her psychological approach to the archaeology of a space implies that she will often peel back layers of modern day living to reveal things that have been lost or forgotten.
Her outdoor installations are often grounded in a sensitive concern for the natural environment and how we use it. For example they often have a functional regional element providing water for animals or promoting biodiversity and regeneration.
Recently she was commissioned by the Woodland Trust to make a large scale Earthwork for their flagship Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Woods in Leicestershire.
She featured on BBC1 Countryfile ( 23/2/2014) and in several books , most recently, Thinking is Making Presence & Absence in Contemporary Sculpture.
Q :May I ask a brief description of the Artwork now & then.
An Earthwork made only from earth, grass and trees, it is set into a slight incline beside a recently created lake at the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Woods in Leicestershire UK. It comprises an outer circle of 13 Oak trees with two Wild Service trees guarding the entrance. There is an inner ring of natural indigenous bushes of particular value to birds - Hawthorn, Blackthorn ,Wild Rose and Field Maple. Inside this is a circular excavated area with steps that spiral downwards to connect us with different archaeological layers as we progress down into the past, and up again into the light.
The English Oaks that were planted last Autumn and will surround it in come are not only well loved by people, but are immensely important to wildlife with a spiralling walkway down to the centre, a bit similar to an amphitheatre except thereare steps not seats inside.
Q : How did you recieve this Commission?
It was by recommendation from the Jerwood Trust who had seen the two pieces I made for King's Wood in Kent , ( commissioned by Stour Valley Arts.)
Q : Is this your largest project so far?
If you mean in terms of physical size one of the pieces , B52 in King's Wood is larger. Its wingspan is about 112 m and the length of the fuselage is 98m.
Q : How long did it take from submission to completion?
It took about two and a half years. Much of this time was taken up with the engineering and computerisation.
Q : Are you satisfied with the outcome?
Yes I am very happy with the way it has turned out. I had wanted it to be a bit larger but various factors meant this was the final size.
Q : What is the concept of now & then?
When asked to come up with some Proposals for the QEDJ woods, it was the previous users of the site which fascinated me and the traces they had left
behind them. Going right back into Prehistory the archaeology of this site is
amazing, both for its finds and Crop Marks which have yielded stone, bronze, and iron objects as well as configurations of earth banks.
I have thought not to make an object which would sit a bit ill at ease on the
surface of the ground in its new environment, but to build in the work using
whats here already. I aim to make it interactive so that people and animals can
use it , and form connections between the visitors of today and tomorrow, and
the lives of ancient animals and people.
The English Oaks that were planted last Autumn and will surround it in years to
come are not only well loved by people, but are immensely important to wildlife .
futuristic artwork transports woodland visitors back in time
The Woodland Trust’s Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Wood (QEDJW), near Normanton le Heath, Leicestershire, is now home to and exciting and innovative piece of artwork that emphasises the theme of time.
The piece, called Now and Then and designed by Rosie Leventon. It comprises of a giant spiral going into the earth, and overlooks the site’s lake. Visitors can walk down the corkscrew structure, leaving the modern day world behind as they penetrate into the ground, demonstrating the strong links QEDJW has with both the past and future. The works has a diameter of approximately 43m and depth of 6m, making a striking statement on the 460 acre wood.
Rosie (left) and Princess Anne. Photo: The Woodland Trust.