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  • 15-24 September 2023
  • Moors Valley

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Take a walk through the woods, chance upon interweaving fragments of music and teardrop sculpture.

Lachrymae is inspired by the transformation of grieving girls into trees and tears into drops of amber in Ted Hughes’ adaptation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

Transformation and the emergence of life from water are common themes in the work of Rowena Pearce and Helen Ottaway. Through this story themes of transformation and emergence of life from water are drawn together. Tears and laments, blending and merging the visual and aural into a single experience. Lachrymae is an exploration of music and visual art through movement.

Lachrymae resonates with its woodland surroundings but also with much that is going on in the world today – unexpected death from the skies; natural disasters and grief. Take time to explore the work and find your own memories, feel your own transformation.

Lachrymae was first conceived in 2000 as a gallery installation and presented at Shave Farm in Somerset as part of Somerset Art Week. Since then it has had many iterations including CD, film, and a geo-located sound walk created with Satsymph for Inside Out Dorset. This outdoor version of the work has been installed in a London park, a remote woodland in Dorset, a garden in Somerset and on a Dutch Island.


Artists Rowena Pearce and Tim Millar
Composer Helen Ottaway
Sound designer Alastair Goolden
Voices Melanie Pappenheim
and Caroline Radcliffe
Violin Anne Wood
Created and produced by Artmusic


Our suggested route to see all the installations is a 1.5km loop from, and returning to the Visitor Centre. There are stops to rest and listen. The route has some gentle inclines and the surface is rough but accessible by wheelchairs and buggies.

Tramper mobility scooters are available from the Visitor Centre.

Free parking for vehicles exempt from road tax due to disability reasons (registration required)

Assistance dogs welcome

Plan Your Visit

Moors Valley Country Park and Forest, Horton Road, Ashley Heath, Nr Ringwood, BH24 2ET


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