The Pillars of the Broads exhibition is a 3D
interactive and accessible installation which aims to educate, inspire and
encourage people to explore the Broads throughout the year.
Thirteen four-sided pillars, showcase the huge
wealth of cultural and natural heritage within the National Park, and highlight
the link between the Broads, Norwich and Norfolk.
The exhibit’s central feature is a huge map of the National Park area, allowing
people to locate landscape features such as Broads, waterways, mills, nature
reserves and churches.
The pillars themselves depict the special qualities of the Broads and include photographs, artwork, drawings, haikus and kennings from pupils from Caister Junior School and Charter Academy, inviting people to connect with the nature, history, folklore and culture of the Broads.
Broads’ wildlife icons otters and kingfishers are featured, plus lesser-known endangered species found mainly in this region, such as the Swallowtail butterfly, fen orchid and fen raft spider.
Scannable QR codes let people find out where to go walking, cycling, boating, sailing, canoeing, paddleboarding and the best views of the night sky.
The aim of the exhibition is to create a wealth of information to educate, inspire and encourage residents and visitors to access the broads at any time of the year.
Creative Giants commissioned artist Richard Wolfströme to design the exhibition, working with local schools, Broads Authority staff Rob Leigh, Tom Barrett, Laura Middleton, Emily Chittenden and Jess Tunstall.
The display has been funded and supported by Norfolk County Council EXPERIENCE European Regional Development Fund (Interreg), Broads Authority, Forum Trust and Norwich The City of Stories. It is a Creative Giants project with concept and design by Richard Wolfströme and fabrication and installation from Setworks.