met up with Phil (lancs wildlife trust who look after foxhill) and his working party
they worked hard for 4 hours while I darted in and out and helped a bit
I’m learning about trees and plants- this is informing the work, so the fact that I was there and could ask for the tree trunk to be chain sawed (I really want to go on a chain saw course) into specific lengths was brilliant
also some of the branches split as they were felled , leaving “wounds” that I can heal, stuff, work on, introduce my model scale..
.I found a tiny fragment or shard of broken pottery, almost like a sharks tooth- I like the way it could be 2 or 200 years old….I feel a story brewing , what teeth are embedded in this tree
this is phil -whose knowledge is boundless and always welcome
I showed him the sculptural interventions I’ve been playing with so far and it helped to show him the world of making things about the space, using it as an entry point , being inspired by foxhill. He says he sees some things in a different way after being involved in this project for a week
we talked about my sculpture by the swing and how it came about from him telling me this site had the old house, with possibly children playing in the garden….
there’s a theme coming through of play- now, then, into the future…this was very close to the site where several men have told me they used to play, with a huge slide and swing- more of an old school adventure playground “with no health and safety” , just dangerous, exciting real fun!