In 2014 the derelict building in Royate Hill Nature Reserve, just behind Greenbank Cemetery, Bristol, was used to create a place of sanctuary where people could go for quiet contemplation. The space that has become known as Moon Temple was built sometime between 1903 and 1918, and could well have been a signal box for that section of the railway which was demolished in the early 70s.
During the Covid-19 outbreak we have been invited to create new pieces of art at The Moon Temple by Martyn Cordey from Friends of Royate Hill Nature Reserve. Martyn asked if we can freshen up the building with new artwork, and of course, for this to be done whilst respecting social distancing and lock down measures.
We have invited local artists who are used to creating work in an outdoor space to participate by spending one day each producing work at the Moon Temple over a two week period. The Moon Temple will be transformed into a haven of creativity and culture, responding to a theme of ecology and nature. We will leave a gap of two days between artists to ensure the project is following guidelines to reduce the risk of contagion. The resulting piece will benefit users of the nature reserve by replenishing the area in a way that is socially and ethically responsible during the pandemic. In the future it will hopefully attract more visitors to the reserve and promote community cohesion by encouraging people to invest time in looking after this building.