A Viking army of volunteers assembled earlier this month for a unique arts project in West Kirby. Over 250 volunteers came together to prepare and build an enormous Viking stave church entirely from cardboard and tape in Ashton Park and thousands of people came to see it!
Standing at over 20m tall, it sat in the park from Thursday 9 until Sunday 12 August, before being demolished. Volunteers helped trample the 1,300 boxes which formed the structure before all the cardboard was responsibly recycled.
Although downpours and breezy conditions eventually proved too much for the structure, it provided a dramatic backdrop for family activities. Wirhalh Skip Felagr led Viking demonstrations, Cheshire Falconry’s stunning birds of prey took to the skies and there was even an appearance by a friendly dragon.
The stave church was part of Lost Castles, the first cultural project across all of Liverpool City Region. Renowned French artist Olivier Grossetȇte designed a monumental structure for each of the six boroughs based on medieval forts or historic buildings which were in the region at one time or inspired by each borough’s history.
Work on the project began during workshops at West Kirby School which saw dozens of volunteers come together to construct the building blocks which formed the stave church.
Lost Castles was part of the Imagine Wirral year of creativity, culture and ideas. The project was 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.