From March 2019
This sculpture is situated on the viewpoint in the woodland overlooking Farnham Heath. There are small parking lay-bys on Old Frensham Road nearer to the structure than the main car park at the Rural Life Centre.
It is beautiful walk up through the heath from the main free car park at the Rural Life Centre.
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The House of Invisible Hands is a sculptural shelter, an exploration into the history of Forest Glass in Surrey, created by sculptor Walter Bailey. It is a shrine to those whose labours shaped the landscape of Surrey in the making of forest glass during mediaeval times. This practise involved working within the forest using the raw materials of the landscape to keep the furnaces going. The impurities in the materials created the green of the resulting glass objects.
During his research sculptor Walter Bailey became interested in the social aspect of the practice. The glass was made by skilled artisans from Europe and local peasants. Young children often worked long hours stoking the furnaces. This hand carved oak sculpture stands at a view point on Farnham Heath as a shelter and rest point for walkers to experience this artwork from outside and within. It represents the many hands that laboured within local forests centuries ago.