Here’s the piece I made for the Land Art Festival 2012 in Lubartow-Koztowka, Poland. The post just below this one gives the background story.
Resting Place – Willow, twigs, leaves, split bamboo shavings. Dia.of base approx. 3m.
The key to this work is in its title.
Walking across the lawn, away from the palace and towards the edge of the forest, you approach a small circle of trees quite close to the forest entrance – a place on the margin between civilisation and primal nature. It is a place that promises seclusion, peace and shelter.
Under the trees there is a seat, where you can sit and relax. All around, dappled light and shadow play over trees and ground, and overhead the treetops frame a small circle of sky.
‘Resting Place’ lies in the centre of the trees: it is a large hollow form of woven willow, resting on a circular bed of split bamboo shavings. The simplicity of this work allows the mind to roam free – giving the impression of a nest, a basket or a coracle, that has been moving through space and come to rest on the earth.
My aim in this work was to make a precise response to the site, and to reveal its essential nature.