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28 June 2008

Sky lines

Installing the lanterns along the pathway higlights the lines that these forms make. the spirals are open and imply ongoing, allowing the follower of 'Light-Lines' a freedom of movement. The more traditional trap like forms may make the walker to pause and reflect, my intention is not to prevent or block their path. I was conscious of the existing use of one fence post when fixing lanterns, a willow warbler came several times.

The pathway does line up - and is visible from the churchyard, although I intended it I was still surprised. The binoculars may be essential to show some visitors.

beach shelter

Today was spent making the large lantern on the beach, with help from Tim and helpers from the Salthouse 08 'crew'. Thank you to all involved.
Hard work in difficult conditions, the wind was very strong so it tested my design and Tim's ingenuity.
The elements came together, the materials fit in the site and as I completed the beach appeared to 'own' the shelter.
WIll people feel the same

27 June 2008

Change of workplace and pace

I have spent so long working on the allotment, surrounded by both vegetables and my work, that I feel a bit uncertain now I am working in the graveyard of Salthouse church. I had not thought about this element for a long time, probably since March, but it is equally important to the whole installation. I found Juliet Arnott's work still in tact at the chapel and started by removing all the debris that has collected over the last two years.

As I worked on the installation I found I was drawing with the white willow poles, this should have been obvious had I put any thought into it As always I was focusing on the physical, not on analytical at this stage. The similarity of the physical to my original drawing, in form and character still amazes me when it works. The lines have close relationship to those in the graffiti boats inside the church - which I had wanted but not looked at for several months.

The prow of my 'boat' is visible from the steps up to the churchyard - perfect for most visitors to see when they arrive. But I doubt if they will recognise the shape. I am introducing pebbles into the form, as a reference to the myth about Christian Saints arriving in Britanny in stone boats. That was all that was left on the beach after the boats had rotted away.

The lines drawn are white willow, the ties are made by 'cranking' the willow along the length. I find this the hardest thing to get really right, but when it works the knots look elegant.

25 June 2008

Transporting work

Taking work to Salthouse has meant taking it in stages, some in my van and some in a hired van.
I rather liked this installation, taken just before leaving with the second load.