A Viking army of volunteers is being assembled for a unique arts project in West Kirby – and you can be part of it! Over 100 volunteers are needed to help build an enormous Viking stave church constructed from cardboard on Thursday 9 August in Ashton Park.
When completed, the structure will be over 20m tall, so plenty of help is needed to raise the stave church to its full height. The structure will sit in the Upper Park of Ashton Park until 12pm on Sunday 12 August, when the stave church will be toppled and demolished. As well as getting stuck in with the build, volunteers are also invited to help trample the 1,300 boxes which formed the structure. All the cardboard will be responsibly recycled after the event.
On Saturday 11 August, everyone is invited to a Family Fun Day from 10am-5pm where the cardboard stave church will provide a spectacular backdrop for free Viking-themed activities and demonstrations, led by real-life Vikings, Wirhalh Skip Felagr. See stunning birds of prey take to the skies, with flying displays by Cheshire Falconry.
The stave church is being built as part of Lost Castles, a creative project bringing together each of the six boroughs across Liverpool City Region. Lost Castles is the first cultural project involving all six boroughs which will see hundreds of volunteers work with renowned French artist Olivier Grossetȇte to create monumental structures based on medieval forts or historic structures which were in the region at one time.
Work on the project began during workshops between 31 July – 3 August at West Kirby School which saw dozens of volunteers come together to construct the building blocks which will form the incredible structure.
As well as Wirral’s structure, construction will begin on site for Liverpool and Sefton on Thursday 9 August, and Knowsley, St Helens and Halton will be on site from Friday 10 August. Once the creations are completed, a programme of family friendly free activities will take place across all locations on Saturday (11 August) ranging from street theatre, storytelling, live music and even appearances by a dragon or two.
The project has been made possible thanks to support from Arts Council England and is supported by the City Region Combined Authority, and the Global Streets Strategic Touring Programme which aims to bring the very best international outdoor art to towns and cities.