Ottery’s Escot Park rescues Termite Pavilion

PUBLISHED: 15:00 20 October 2010

SAVED: Termite Pavillion has arrived at Escot Park

SAVED: Termite Pavillion has arrived at Escot Park

Escot Park

AN OTTERY tourist attraction has rescued one of the UK’s most unusual and iconic recent works of art from an uncertain future.

SAVED: Termite Pavillion has arrived at Escot Park

AN OTTERY tourist attraction has rescued one of the UK’s most unusual and iconic recent works of art from an uncertain future.

The award winning Termite Pavilion, a huge cube of sustainable timber based on a three dimensional scan of an actual termite mound in Namibia, has found a permanent home at Escot Park.

The piece of art landed the 2010 Observer Ethical Conservation Award and has seen the BBC weather broadcast from within it after being at the centre of a raft of national media coverage.

Having previously been displayed to great acclaim and interest in Festival Square outside the Royal Festival Hall at the South Bank Centre, the Termite Pavilion was coming to the end of its stint at the heart of London Zoo.

Staff at Escot now hope it will intrigue and inspire both Ottregians and visitors to the region for years to come.

“We feel really privileged to have been chosen as the Pavilion’s new home” said John-Michael Kennaway, Escot’s owner.

“Ottery’s beautiful countryside will be a worthy setting for such an important piece of art. Escot’s estate staff are already preparing an ideal woodland site within the gardens as its final home.”

Mr Kennaway thanked timber specialist KLH UK, who have been tasked with dismantling and rebuilding the Pavilion, and Heaver Bros. of Exeter, who supplied the haulage.


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