Does the excavation process make you feel part of the landscape?
"Sometimes, especially in rural locations, not so much in urban areas" Archaeologist
"Yes it literally sucks you in!"
What does the first incision feel like describe your thoughts.
"There is a long way to go!" Gardener
"Slight panic. If a digger is being used there is no going back. Excavating with a spade is less intrusive and you can go back" Garden Designer
"I think how long it must have taken the earth to get there and how quickly it takes me to dig it up" Labourer
If you were to choose one word that would describe how you feel when digging into the earth what would it be?
I put together a short questionnaire to obtain insight from individuals who physically excavate the land as part of their work. Here are a few of the interesting comments! Thanks to everyone who took the time to reply.
Sunday, 20 November 2011
Saturday, 19 November 2011
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Wednesday, 9 November 2011
The mark society makes on the landscape and the sense of belonging this process generates are key aspects that is driving my work. The forming of dwellings and structures and the physical penetration of the earth that this creates generates the basis of our place within the world.
Above are images taken from the first points of excavation in the construction of a new Recycling building at Horticap. These incisions represent the first physical stages of construction; a grounding to place and space. The building of the new recycling building is an addition to Horticaps existing presence on the land which has developed over the past 26 years.