Willow Man feasibility study

Closed 15 Feb 2024

Opened 24 Nov 2023


A plan to revive the once-iconic Willow Man sculpture has received a funding boost from National Highways.

Willow Man, close to Bridgwater, Junction 23 M5 has deteriorated badly in recent years and is now barely recognisable. Created by artist Serena De la Hay and unveiled in 2000, the sculpture was commissioned by South West Arts to mark the millennium and celebrates the role of willow in the ecology and craft tradition of the Somerset Levels. 

Somerset Council has been granted £35,000 of funding from the National Highways Designated Funding Programme for community projects for an initial feasibility study looking at the possibility of repairing/enhancing and relocating Willow Man. A future scheme could see the sculpture rebuilt using much more robust materials. 

This initial funding will cover a range of activities including engagement, initial designs and costings, artists impressions, as well as searches and surveys covering land ownership and topography to identify potential sites. Once a firm proposal is agreed, work will need to be undertaken between all the partners to identify a funding source to build the new sculpture.

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