If you are visiting High Force between 19th July and 4th August don’t miss ‘Hush’ by international landscape artist Steve Messam, an immersive art installation within walking distance of the Hotel and Waterfall.

Commissioned by the North Pennines AONB Partnership and inspired by the geology, mining history and landscape of the area, the installation will be on display at Bales Hush, an old lead mining site on the Raby Estate in Upper Teesdale.

The installation will transform Bales Hush and reflect a time when miners worked the hillside by hand to expose a mineral vein, then flushed the area with water to uncover the riches below.

Bales Hush is over 400m long and up to 20m deep and the artwork will fill the space with 5 km of recyclable saffron yellow fabric, forming hundreds of suspended sails.

Visitors can view the installation from above and explore the hush below. Remnants of this area’s lead mining past can be seen throughout the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and UNESCO Global Geopark.

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