Thursday, 10 February 2011
The sculpture is starting to develop further. As the willow is fresh it is easy to work with and the structure is building up fast. We are starting to introduce other types of organic materials such as moss covered branches and plan to build on this aspect further. The actual physicality in the making of the sculpture highlights so many aspects of childhood and the making of dens. The space that we are creating within the sculpture is very significant and needs to be explored in more depth.
Posted by Earthy Elements at 13:43
Friday, 4 February 2011
The structure is now beginning to take shape and as well as the willow we are introducing other types of wood and moss covered branches. The process of making the sculpture is very organic in its making and as it develops we are working hard to try and realize the form in a more unconventional way.As well as the actual main opening we have created smaller random openings were the surrounding land and nature can be observed when inside the form.
Posted by Earthy Elements at 10:37
Andy, the students and I begin the basic form of the structure. Together we have prepared the ground laying wood chip to deter the growth of weeds inside the structure. The students are intergral in the making of the structure and they are involved in the development of the form.
Posted by Earthy Elements at 09:55
Andy and his team of students have coppiced the willow on site that we will use to build the sculpture. It's great that we can incorporate Horticaps ethics of recycling by reforming the materials into another form. By reintroducing the willow into the ground it will also generate re growth and the concept of the reintroduction of a living form within the landscape.
Posted by Earthy Elements at 09:30
Aspects of security and safety within a space and the craft of weaving will be realized in the proposed use of willow as a material.
Posted by Earthy Elements at 02:14
Horticap sits on land known as "Bluecoat Wood" this land was once owned by a charity organization called Blue Coat School which was founded by the York City Corporation in 1705. The school provided tuition, clothing and lodgings for poor and orphaned children. They were taught the 3 R's, and as well as training for apprenticeships at sea and domestic services they were also taught skills such as weaving and spinning. There is a real similarity's between Horticap and Blue Coat school in reference to the creation of a safe haven and a protected environment. These aspects will help to inform further development of the project.http://www.album1900.com/
Posted by Earthy Elements at 00:34