Forest Eye at Dalby Forest

Forest Eye by Sand in Your Eye, 2022

The Forest Eye is a unique, living forest feature which aims to highlight the importance of ensuring a healthy natural world for future generations to enjoy and look after.

It will be formed from 5,000 beech, alder and maple trees which have been planted in the shape of a child’s eye in the heart of Dalby Forest. As the newly planted trees mature, the 300-metre-wide eye will become fully visible from the air. This will take six years.

As it grows, the Forest Eye will engage visitors, spark conversation and encourage children to share their ideas for creating a positive, healthy environment in the future.

Location and Visitor Information

How to find the Forest Eye

Walk past the Visitor Centre and cross the road to Go Ape. Follow the Rabbit Run up through Go Ape until you reach a diagonal crossroads and you will see a small wooden sign for Housedale Rigg – turn right here and the path will turn back on itself slightly whilst climbing uphill. Follow this dirt road, you will pass a sign for the Jubilee Plantation. As you turn and reach the top of the hill you will see a vast opening with the road running through it and young trees planted throughout. This is the Forest Eye.

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Artist Biography

Sand In Your Eye, established in 2003, is based in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.  They make sculptures from sand, ice and pumpkins, sand drawings and land art.  In 2019 they collaborated with Danny Boyle and 14-18 NOW on ‘Pages of the Sea’ where 30 faces were drawn into the sand nationally to commemorate 100 years since Armistice Day. The project was awarded the ‘Best Visual Art Award’ by The South Bank Sky Arts Awards.

Useful Information

Dalby Forest, Dalby Forest Visitors Centre, Low Dalby, Thornton-Le-Dale, Pickering, YO18 7LT
The artwork is open every day and is outdoors. Due to the constantly evolving nature of the artwork there may be ongoing maintenance taking place.
Dalby Visitor Centre
Nearest trail: Sneverdale Rigg Rabbit Run
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Art Map reference : Number 5