Rouse Kent Award for Public Art
Two environmental artworks for King's Wood, Challock Kent, UK. A simple outdoor sculpture using only earth and water, we built up the circular sides with earth on the side of a hill adjacent to one of the main rides. The deep centre was dug out with the aid of a JCB at 360 degrees. The excavated earth was full of chalk and flints and was piled and tamped down to form a solid bank about 8 metres in diameter. I reinstated some of the bluebell bulbs into the sides and very soon it contained water. Now the local deer go inside it to drink and dogs to swim. The area is rich is archaeological finds including Bronze Age burial mounds at Brabourne, Wye and Broughton Aluph. A Bronze Age disc-shaped barrow was discovered in Crundale and a Mediaeval dewpond nearby. Whilst working on the 2 art projects I stayed in a hut in the forest.
COMMISSION: Stour Valley Arts. Challock. Kent UK.
Materials: Earth, water.
Dimensions: 150 x 800 x 500 cm