The itinerant worker passes along the flinty Roman Road at 9am on a Sunday morning, a mallet in one hand and a chisel in the other. Continue reading
We start carving on 29/30th November as new trees are planted (as small bare-rooted ‘whips’ a few feet high) around the area where the red dot is shown on the 1979 map below; the landscape is still similar.
These are the sort of things which start lively, ambiguous narratives developing in the artist’s mind. The regression of maps back through time show interesting actions have taken place, but without explanation. What was the Plain and why did it disappear? Perhaps a deer lawn in the forest – we shall see in future posts. And what was the huge access track that links to The Plain built for? Imagine standing at that immense forest cross-roads shown on the 1912 map. What does it look like today?
It is ironic that the former Northwood fields that National Trust is to re-afforest is seemingly represented today largely by trees which have grown on the track which was cleared sometime before 1912. Role reversal has occurred, with the rest of the wood decimated for wartime then agricultural production.
Times change. Come and join in the Rise of Northwood activity on 29/30th November. Be part of the art at the start.
Slindon Past is an excellent developing resource set up by the partnership of the National Trust Slindon Estate, Worthing Archaeological Society and Slindon History Group. See what you can find there, and use your eyes when you come and visit!
Copyright: OS maps may be used when over 50 years old.
We start the stone on Saturday 29th November!
It will be a great weekend of National Trust activity. See the Where&When page above for details.
Free refreshments and tractor transport to the site, but you need to tell NT you are coming!
In the meantime, visit the stone at Slindon Forge and pick up the details of this first work weekend. There are some new wall displays of other public sculpture by this artist that you can see elsewhere in Sussex and Surrey.
What can you see in the block now? It is an interesting object already, formed 150 million years ago and quite clearly showing some of its make-up if you are prepared to look.