Kielder unveils its latest artwork – The Human Burrow

The Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust is delighted to officially unveil the newest addition to its award-winning art & architecture programme.

Located at Landal Kielder Waterside, The Human Burrow provides an opportunity for visitors to explore the sounds of underground wildlife. Sound artist Antoine Bertin describes his latest unique artwork as a “human-scale acoustic refuge, exploring the sounds of underground wildlife”.

Antoine works in a way that combines science and sensory immersion, field recording and sound storytelling, data and musiccomposition. His creations take the form of listening experiences, sound sculptures, and audio meditations on the realm of the living. His work has been presented at Tate Britain, the Palais de Tokyo, the Serpentine Gallery, the KIKK and STRP festival and many more.

Graham Perry, Director of Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust said:

“We are delighted to officially unveil The Human Burrow at Kielder Water & Forest Park. The funding from The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and Arts Council England has helped us deliver this exciting and creative project and I’m delighted that visitors can once again experience it for themselves. The official unveiling was delayed due to closure of the walking trail to The Human Burrow caused by the winter storms that impacted Kielder and beyond. I am thrilled that following lots of hard work, access to The Human Burrow, and the whole of the Lakeside Way, is fully open again for visitors to enjoy.”

Peter Sharpe, Curator of Kielder Art & Architecture, added: “The Human Burrow is a sculpture that offers a totally new way of enabling visitors to experience Kielder’s unique landscape. Antoine Bertin’s compositions for the artwork are based on a range of creatures living or communicating through the earth. The Burrow has been designed to be as accessible as possible, and in line with its ecological source material, uses recycled cork as its main internal material and solar energy as its power source."

The Human Burrow was made possible with financial support from The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, Arts Council England and Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust. The project was delivered with Antoine and his team working with Artists & Engineers, D. G. Walton, J C Consulting (structural engineers), Raskl, Pure Energy Renewables Ltd and Webb CDM.


For more information about Kielder www.visitkielder.com

For more information about Kielder’s art and architecture programme www.kielderartandarchitecture.com/history.html

For more information about Antoine http://www.antoinebertin.org/


Unveiling of Human Burrow July 2022 photograph with (L-R) Catherine Johns CEO Kielder Observatory and Jonty Hall, Facilities Manager Northumbrian Water

Kielder unveils its latest artwork – The Human Burrow