Striking Faces were journeying home from their regular annual gig at the Wickham Festival when en route Guy noticed The Sculpture Park in Churt, Surrey.
And it really is an amazing place. Once through the gate you enter a wonderful world of winding paths, through heathland and woodland, with wildlife-inhabited water gardens, all providing the perfect backdrop for the 600 sculpture from over 300 artists.
After thorough exploration our photographers were so impressed at the park and the rich array of sculptures in such a vibrant, wild, natural setting they sought out the curator, Charlie Powell to discuss the possibility of extending Google maps throughout the park. Google Maps Business View / Street View Trusted as it is now called. That is when the wonderful collaboration between Striking Faces and The Sculpture Park began.
Striking Faces put together a detailed plan for a tailored Google Maps Business View, which would be implemented over time and in defined stages. Obviously, it was not possible to map the entire 2 miles of pathway in one shoot. The first shoot ran the length of the trail from the main gate to reception and included 32 nodes.
Entering the virtual tour created by Striking Faces you come through the gate and meander through a woodland dotted with fascinating sculptures until you get to Charlie’s little office, which feels like stumbling across an enchanted cottage.
The Sculpture Park is such a perfect setting, Striking Faces more recently decided to use it as the backdrop for a photographic fashion shoot for Chrysalis Couture.
The Sculpture Park were so delighted with the final product they have embedded the virtual tour on the new website and Charlie made a call and introduced the team to a neighbouring company, Miscellanea of Churt. Where The Sculpture Park is an outdoor feast for the eyes, Miscellanea is a magical labyrinth of interiors with all sorts of treasures, like walking into a box of delights.
And there is more to come! Striking Faces are very excited about the next phase. We are working with The Sculpture Park to create an interactive map on their website showcasing specific key areas, enabling you to zoom in and investigate particular points of interest on the map. Watch this space!