On Sunday a team from Earthed spent the afternoon mowing our winning Make and Mow design into the long grass at Ashton Meadows. Our winning artist Elena was on hand to see her design ‘Coming Together Mankind Earth Life Junction’ take shape as Mick and the team triumphed against broken mowers and a very hot sun!
The design was finally mown in thanks to the help of passers by and local institutions. Penny Johnson and her dog Woody were instrumental in procuring a replacement mower from Bedminster Cricket Club and the Riverside Garden Centre provided another. Our thanks go out to them and everyone else that helped out.
Earthed Conversations – People
Expert Speakers – Rosie Tomlinson (local history enthusiast and member of the Bedminster Tobacco Women Project), Stephen Wickham (Bristol Civic Soc), Brodie McAllister Landscape architect(general expert and experienced in siting land art installations).
Our guests helped us to understand the history of Ashton Meadows and the surrounding area. In particular we learned how different groups and generations had left their mark on the site, developing, erasing, altering and utilising what those before them had left behind.
Stephen Wickham, a campaigner for Ashton Meadows to be recognised as being culturally significant in terms of its landscaping, took us around the site, providing a window onto the history of the area and how it has come to be what it is today.
As part of the Earthed Exhibition we invited members of the public to submit their design for a 30m circle of land-art on Ashton Meadows, the green space opposite the Create Centre.
The winning entry will be mown into the long grass over at Ashton Meadows on Sunday.
A copy of the winning design will also go on display in the exhibition in the Create Centre
And the winner is…
Coming Together Mankind Earth Life Junction
Congratulations to Elena!
Second place was number 29 and third was number 13. Land artist Mick Petts says:
“All three were chosen for the inclusion of interestingly shaped paths inviting people into the area of long meadow.
The winner was chosen for the strength and clarity of the design and the combination of geometric and flowing lines”
Thanks to everyone who entered the competition and who voted for their favourites.
Earthed Conversations – Fauna
Expert Speakers – Tony Smith and Tony Cotterell from Bristol Naturalists.
Our guests provided us with fascinating insights into the small worlds that go on around us all the time, ensuring the continued survival of other species, various flora and ultimately all life on the planet.
David and Mick were joined by the naturalists in delivering a fantastic workshop to secondary school children on the site where they discovered a number of interesting bugs, plants and insects. They then had a hand at creating sculptures of different animals in the exhibition’s mud box as well as writing a number of thoughts and facts about Ashton Meadows’ fauna for a display in the exhibition.
Earthed Conversations – Flora
Expert Speaker – Becky Coffin, Nature Conservation Officer at Bristol City Council
Becky told us more about the different kinds of plants that could be found at Ashton Meadows, about the future of flora in the area and the relationship between different species on the site.
David and Mick fan a join workshop for a primary school group who really enjoyed getting their hands dirty and created some fantastic mud sculptures whilst learning more about the flora around Ashton Meadows.
Tony Smith and Tony Cotterell from Bristol Naturalists helped us to collect and discover interesting facts about a number of different plants from the site which were then added to the exhibition.
Earthed Conversations – The River’s Role
Expert Speakers – Avon Crescent resident Anna Wilson and Bristol Lock Keeper John Rosenthal.
John enlightened us on what a huge engineering project the construction of the floating harbour was, talked us through his life on the river and as a lock keeper and explained how the waters around Bristol had changed over time. Anna described her experiences in the recent flooding and talked about her hopes for the future of the area. She also discussed her project ‘High Water Line’ with Invisible Dust.
Earth Graffiti: Practical river-inspired mud graffiti art workshop with Mick Petts.
River Writes: Practical river-inspired site responsive writing workshop with David Lane.
The Big Dig
We returned to the dig site and uncovered even more items from the site. This time we hit a layer of clay-like group and made some interesting discoveries.
At the end of the day we all sat down to enjoy Earthed Reflections where Mick Petts and David Lane selected the discoveries, questions, creations and quotations that inspired them most from the second day of the Earthed Weekender.