Having a garden over the last 10 years has brought with it a growing interest in plants and their presence in the environment. It has come out in my sculpture in using the tree as a basis for the lead sculpture over the last few years.
In 2005 I made ‘Point of Resolution’ on the Southern Upland Way above Innerleithen in The Scottish Borders (map Ref:NT 354 337) (funded by Borders & Dumfries & Galloway Councils.)The idea for the work was to establish a fixed viewing point (Point of Resolution) and then from there to create a series of what appear to be circles cut in the heather. However once the viewer moves away from that point it becomes apparent that what can be seen are not circles at all but huge irregular elongated ovals.
The intention behind the work was to promote the idea of growing sculpture along the length of the Southern Upland Way ( the idea of ‘LANDWORKS’ project was originated by me in 2004 after a meeting about public sculpture in the Borders)
Since then ‘Landworks’ has been set up by Steve Chettle and myself to establish a new strategic arts organisation which will develop & deliver a landscape based commissioning and arts programme for the whole of the 212 mile length of the Southern Upland Way.
The core of the project will be concentrated on making a continuous corridor of artworks that use growth and grown materials, along the route of the Southern Upland Way.
This has not been attempted on any scale in the UK or internationally and as such is a unique opportunity to create a high profile arts project that is locally responsive and specific to place whilst having a national and international profile, famous for its ‘landworks’ www.landworks.org.uk.
Steve Chettle is an arts consultant based in Newcastle upon Tyne with his own arts company ARTS UK. He has successfully carried out an extensive programme of public arts commissions in the UK, for instance in Cumbria with Andy Goldsworthy - Sheepfolds project, which he set up with the artist.