[A] spectacular 3D ‘Tree of Life’ sculpture has taken pride of place in Appleby Manor’s £1million showpiece Garden Spa.
The specially commissioned piece was created following meticulous research into top destination spas across the UK, Europe and the USA. Hotel owners Mike & Angela Dunbobbin officially opened the new spa late last year, but wanted to create a new focal point which would be a unique symbol of the hotel’s location bordering both the Lake District and the Pennines.
Brothers Lucian and Marian Toma from specialist 3D design agency BlackSheep Graphics, which is based in Penrith, were specially commissioned to create the sculpture. The two month project saw a full size tree traditionally sculpted in clay and then cut and moulded into smaller pieces. At the same time, the latest 3D printing technology was used to create individual flower petals by gradually building successive layers.
Lucian Toma, from BlackSheep Graphics, says, “As inspiration, we wanted the final installation to be a stylised representation of the Garden Spa, and what it stands for; a beautiful state of the art relaxation environment in the middle of the beautiful Lake District. It’s great to have worked with a forward-thinking business who were keen to show Cumbria as a place where art meets technology, blending traditional forms of art with current technological advances including 3D printing and virtual reality.”
Owner of Appleby Manor & Garden Spa, Mike Dunbobbin, says, “This sculpture is the perfect way to finish off what we believe is the ultimate destination spa experience. We wanted to create a really eye-catching feature piece which is not only sleek and modern, but is reminiscent of the hotel’s outstanding natural surroundings. We think this unique artwork is a special addition to the Garden Spa.”
The spa itself includes five treatments rooms, a steam room, pedidarium, salt inhalation room, manicure and pedicure room, sauna, a feature Rainsky & Monsoon shower and a luxurious infinity hydro pool linked to the outside by huge glass doors. Outside there are two heated outdoor spa baths, each located in individual landscaped gardens. One is in an outdoor relaxation area, with its own fire pit.