Making a Stand

Making A Stand was a public artwork that stood in City Square between June 2023 - January 2024. The project was inspired by Leeds’ roots as an ancient woodland, the Forest of Leodis. It was designed by artist Michael Pinsky and environmental architects Studio Bark.


Total activations


Total activations held within City Square whilst the sculpture stood.

Public audience


Total count of attendees at public facing events.

Making a Stand Online


Total page views of Making a Stand Online.

Activations are activities that take place within the sculpture to ‘activate’ it. This ranged from a soundscape recorded by the artist Michael Pinsky and installed for 1 month in November to yoga classes and a reading of A Christmas Carol in December.

Making A Stand Online was a digital experience which could be accessed via a QR code found within the artwork. Uses would learn about the life cycle of the douglas firs that made up the sculpture and how they would return to the supply chain after the event concluded.

Now the artwork has been de-installed the wood has returned to the supply chain.

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