Photo: Rich White
The Forest of Dean. I love these breaks in the tree cover where the sun comes streaming in.
As an homage to Bruce Allan’s original sculpture this Observatory mimics the staircase, but as a shaft of sunlight.
Photo: Stewart Carswell
The River Severn from ‘close to the Roman Temple at Littledean. I like the symmetry of the large sweeping meander at this point.’
The Observatory consists of two symmetrical, sweeping arcs.
Photo: Jenny Cashmore
The view 'between Redbrook and Bigsweir Bridge where the Welsh/English border runs directly along the centre of the river.'
The Observatory is made of two subtly different halves that meet at the border with a gateway.
Photo: Steve Gaskin
The view from New Fancy provides you with a 'full 360 degree view over the Forest.' The images are the 'best views East and West.'
The Observatory spans both views in a circle, allowing for an optimum panorama.
Photo: Heather Wright
Standing on Brockweir Bridge. ‘The rich tones and curvaceous quality of the trees give a sense of comfort and calmness.’
The Observatory is supported by a geodesic sphere - a curved shape made from straight lines - and encloses the trees.
Photo: David Broadbent
I invited professional photographer and photography trainer David Broadbent to submit his favourite views.
Here’s his image from Symonds Yat Rock, taken whilst leading a photography group on a dawn shoot. ‘This spot is about the WOW factor of seeing the whole bend in the River Wye’.
The circular Observatory emphasises the sweeping curve of the river.
Photo: Matt Nightingale
FoD Sculpture Trail at Beechenhurst. 'This view stopped me in my tracks. The backdrop of fir trees made me think of a stage with the younger plants performing in the wind for the onlookers of the elders behind.'
The Observatory takes the form of a low, wide platform, perhaps for performing on as well?
Photo: Frances Davis
Symonds Yat in FoD. 'Breathtaking' and makes you 'stand in awe'.
The Observatory's many steps will add to your breathlessness, but the view will be rewarding.
Photo: Shadowed Eyes
'Sneaking up on the Severn'. He chose this image, taken from Eagle's Nest viewpoint, because of its 'grand view of two great rivers'.
The Observatory has two platforms to provide a stunning, unique view of each river.