Japanese tree sprites transform ancient woodland in the Forest of Dean

One of the most magical places in Gloucestershire has some very special visitors this summer, with over 100 Japanese folklore-inspired Kodama sculptures to spot at Puzzlewood in the Forest of Dean in June 2024.

By Annabel Lammas  |  Published
There's more than 100 sculptures of Japanese tree sprites, Kodama, to find at Puzzlewood this June 2024.

Bringing a piece of Japanese folklore to Gloucestershire's most magical woodland, Puzzlewood is hosting a brand-new natural art installation of adorable Kodama sculptures this summer.

From Wednesday 5 June until Sunday 7 July 2024, award-winning artist Ed Elliot is exhibiting his latest sculpture project at the Forest of Dean attraction, with over 100 Kodama — Japanese tree spirits that live in ancient forests — to see all over the woodland.

Transforming Puzzlewood into a scene that wouldn't look out of place in a Studio Ghibli film, the exhibition not only features newly created and never-before-seen sculptures but gives visitors a playful way to experience the otherworldly landscape, characterised by its twisting trees and rocky scowles.

Strongly influenced by ancient Japanese arts and philosophy, this collection of sculptures celebrates the wonder of the forest, with each sprite uniquely incorporated into the landscape — perfectly positioned in the bends of tree roots and cushions of moss, so it really feels like they're all around.

Each Kodama has its own characterful expression and has been crafted in wood, in tribute to the folklore that inspired Ed's work.

This very special exhibition is expected to be popular, so visitors are encouraged to book tickets online via the Puzzlewood website.


Kodama exhibition at Puzzlewood




Wednesday 5 June to Sunday 7 July 2024


Puzzlewood opens daily from 10am to 4.30pm


Tickets to Puzzlewood cost £9.50 for adults, £8 for children aged three to 16 and are free for children aged two and under.


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