An enchanting trail of thrilling WildArt sculptures and amazing digital wildlife which will magically spring to life on your smartphone device. Prepare to be astonished!
Welcome to the amazing new WildArt trail in Pulborough, an enchanting trail of thrilling sculptures and digital wildlife through the beautiful countryside from Pulborough rail station to the RSPB Nature Reserve and vice versa.
After 12 months in the planning, Pulborough’s unique WildArt trail is now open for everyone to enjoy.
The new trail is a family friendly outdoor experience which covers approximately four kilometres from Pulborough station, through the village, across Pulborough Brooks and then on to the RSPB nature reserve or vice versa depending which end you decide to start!
You can walk there and back, or walk the route in sections and return by Compass 100 bus (Monday to Saturday). View the bus timetable here.
The man behind the art
Steve Geliot has been commissioned to make context-specific art and film across the UK and further afield for over thirty years.
His enduring interest in landscape and natural form began when he was a teenager growing up in the hop fields and nut platts of Kent.
The wildlife characters that inspired Steve at Pulborough were often witnessed during his habitual nightwalking expeditions, or at dawn and dusk, when much of the real drama takes place, and the senses are more alive to what is going on around us.
Visit Steve Geliot's website to find out more about his work.
Download the app
Download our Pulborough WildArt app for even more interactive fun along the trail. The app features a quiz and a guided tour from the Pulborough Giant himself!
The app was developed by Spark, a company that specialises in CGI creation, augmented reality and mobile apps
Follow the icon below to download the iOS app from the App Store.
Follow the icon below to download the Android app from Google Play.
Once you have downloaded the free app to your phone you will see the full trail map with all the sculptures and imaginative signage and plenty of commentary on the area’s wildlife and points of geological and historical interest.
The app will also be a good educational tool for younger people and will include a bespoke quiz.
A unique entertaining augmented reality (AR) experience along the trail will see children meet and interact with 3D augmented characters, encouraging them to engage with wildlife and nature.
Throughout the route the trail will be marked by high quality sculptures, way markers and themed information boards highlighting the local geology and wildlife along the way. Throughout the trail you will be guided by the friendly Pulborough Giant.
Here a couple of the wildlife artworks that you will be able to find on the trail, but there are many more to find! Which ones have you spotted?
Named after its distinctive armoured head, the Minotaur Beetle can often be found lurking around the labyrinthine tunnels of a rabbit warren. It grows to about 20mm long, and feeds on the droppings of rabbits and other small mammals.
A design which has remained largely unchanged for millions of years, the Emperor Dragonfly is an incredibly successful predator that was once nearly a meter across, when the atmosphere contained higher concentrations of oxygen.
This sculpture is a calligraphic interpretation of individual frames from a slow motion movie of a bat catching a moth. As the bat closes in using echolocation, it scoops the moth up with its wings and tail, like a closing umbrella, bringing it within range of its fearsome teeth.
About the Trail
The trail is being funded thanks to the Council being awarded £200,000 from the European Union’s Agriculture Fund for Rural Development Programme (EAFRD) to support rural tourism. This is a partnership project between Pulborough Community Partnership, Pulborough Parish Council, South Downs National Park, RSPB and Horsham District Council.
The way markers were created by Fitzpatrick Woolmer who provide signs and way finding solutions for a wide range of outdoor spaces.
Something completely different for Pulborough, we think it will be a real hit with people of all age groups and will bring a boost to Pulborough’s economy as visitors discover the area afresh.