Dragonfly at Dalby Forest

Dragonfly by Peter Maris and Ann Sotheran, 2021

The Dragonfly sculpture, positioned close to Staindale Lake, is directly inspired by the dragonflies and demoiselles that inhabit the area throughout the year and celebrates their beauty in both life and death. Peter Maris has carved interpretations of fossilised wings, cut into two rocks - the carved texture of the stones augmented with colour enhancer giving prominence and preservation to the natural visual qualities of the rock. The sculpture is completed by a tall steel wing holding iridescent stained-glass work created by Ann Sotheran.

Location and Visitor Information

How to find Dragonfly

The sculpture is located on the bank of Staindale Lake. From Low Staindale Car Park follow the footpath towards Staindale Lake – you will need to rejoin the road briefly before following the Lakeside Trail around the lake – the sculpture is on your left, between the path and the road.

From High Staindale car park follow the trail around the lake – the sculpture is on the bank adjacent to the road.

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Artist Biography

Peter Maris is a stone carver, sculptor, artist and educator based in North Yorkshire. Maris’ work encompasses prestigious heritage restoration work at York Minster, fine-art stone-carving, public art, letter-cutting, designing and making bespoke memorials and working on specific individual commissions. He is fascinated by the creative process and the transformations that are made along the way to the material, the structure, the concept, and the contexts

Ann Sotheran is a stained glass artist and educator based in North Yorkshire. Sotheran has been a fellow of the British Society of Master Glass Painters since 2007. Sotheran’s work is featured in churches, private houses and public buildings throughout the country


Useful Information

Dalby Forest, Dalby Forest Visitors Centre, Low Dalby, Thornton-Le-Dale, Pickering, YO18 7LT
The sculpture is available to view every day and is outdoors.
High Staindale or Low Staindale and Bridestones
Nearest trail: Lakeside Trail
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Art Map reference: Number 6