New art installation spreads its wings at The Trentham Estate

Butterflies are set to emerge as the newest art installation at Staffordshire’s award-winning Trentham Gardens - creating a stunning visitor attraction, as well as raising funds for a local hospice.

From the end of May, ‘Taking Flight’, an inspiring temporary installation made up of 5,000 ceramic butterflies, will take centre stage at Trentham Gardens, on the edge of Stoke-on-Trent, with each limited-edition butterfly hand crafted in the heart of the world-famous ‘Potteries’.

Every vibrant blue butterfly will be unique. Together, they will combine to form an inspiring butterfly themed art installation, reflecting Stoke’s rich ceramic and metal industrial heritage.

On display until early November, the new ‘Taking Flight’ installation will not only raise money for charity, but also add to Trentham’s growing reputation as an open-air art gallery, following on from the ever-popular Fairy Trail and a series of bronze wildlife sculptures dotted around the gardens and woodlands.

The intricately made butterflies are available now to buy for £30 each, with all funds raised benefitting The Donna Louise Hospice for Children & Young People.
In addition, each purchase also includes one free day admission to Trentham Gardens to view “Taking Flight” from 25 May to 3 November 2019.

Crafted by two major names in Stoke-on-Trent’s ceramics industry, Wade Ceramics and Johnson Tiles - which made the poppies for the internationally acclaimed Tower of London art installation, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red commemorating the Centenary of World War One.

The butterfly design is an echo of a painting by Charlotte Thom, who spent time at The Donna Louise and was a keen artist, completing an A-level in the subject before her death last year, aged 20.

The Donna Louise provides a lifeline to families across Staffordshire and South Cheshire who are facing every parent’s worst nightmare; the heart-breaking knowledge that they will almost certainly outlive their child. They provide specialist care and support services for children and young people with life-limiting conditions, due to illness or injury, from birth until no longer needed.

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Photo caption:
Artistic illustration only and may differ slightly from final installation. Taking Flight artistic illustration rendered by Envisage Brand Experiences. Picture by Joe Wainwright

Notes to editors:
The Trentham Estate, on the edge of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, offers one of the UK’s most diverse days out with a range of leisure activities for all ages.
It is one of the country’s top leisure destinations, attracting more than 3.2m visitors per year and was awarded a Gold Accolade by VisitEngland in February 2018 in recognition of the quality visitor experience offered. The fabulous restored Trentham Gardens at the heart of the Estate attracted over 730,000 visits in 2018 - making them one of the most visited gardens in the UK. Owned and managed by St. Modwen, the expert developer and regeneration specialist, the 725-acre Estate, which was previously owned for over 400 years by the Dukes of Sutherland, has undergone a massive regeneration programme since 2003. The Estate boasts: The famous Trentham Gardens, including the very important Italianate Gardens designed by Charles Barry in the 1830s that have been lovingly restored using top landscape designers. The gardens feature the UK’s first ‘barefoot’ walk, a great children’s adventure play area and maze and a beautiful walk around the mile long lake, originally laid out by Lancelot “Capability” Brown in the 18th Century. The Trentham Garden Centre and recently expanded Shopping Village, an eclectic mix of shops and eateries with a 119-bedroom Premier Inn Hotel. Trentham Monkey Forest - a unique opportunity to walk amongst 140 free roaming Barbary macaques, in a natural woodland environment for this endangered species. Extensive woodlands.