Martin Smith: Kinetic Arboretum

10am – 5pm

The Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum welcomes three artworks by UK-based artist Martin Smith (b. 1972) to its grounds.

Smith’s Kinetic Arboretum, 2018, sees three metal trees respond to the elements with gentle, rhythmical movements, while inside, Bird Wave, 2007, and Wishing You Well, 2019, draw our attention to the parts of functional objects we rarely see, highlighting rather than hiding mechanisms. Bird Wave’s 73 pairs of wings gently flap, its gears, cams and rods rotating and sliding in automated harmony — while in Wishing You Well a mechanical pool of water ripples and rolls into life through coin-operated offering.

Newgate Barnard Castle DL12 8NP

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3 April 2023—25 February 2024

£17 day ticket / Under 18s, carers and full time students free £12.50 annual local membership for County Durham and Darlington residents £14.50 annual membership for people living elsewhere

  • Mon 10am – 5pm
  • Tue 10am – 5pm
  • Wed 10am – 5pm
  • Thu 10am – 5pm
  • Fri 10am – 5pm
  • Sat 10am – 5pm
  • Sun 10am – 5pm
  • Level access
  • Lifts to all areas
  • Large-format print
  • Walking aids - wheelchair
  • Mobility scooters
  • Accessible toilets
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Adult changing facilities
  • Mobile gallery stools
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