David Lane

Make and Mow Winner!

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Make and Mow Competition
Make and Mow Competition Space
Winning entry to the Make and Mow competition
Winning entry to the Make and Mow competition


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 Exhibition Day Four – Reciprocal Relationships…

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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 Exhibition Day Two – Ebb and Flow…

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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.

Artists Talk 


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.
























Earthed Exhibition Day One – We shape landscape, landscape shapes us ….

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Earthed Conversations –
What Lies Beneath: Soil specialists, geologists and archaeologists in a conversation on all things earthy.

Expert speakers: Julie Dunne, PhD Student, Bristol University, Organic Geochemistry Unit

Wesley Dixon – Structural Soils, Graduate Geotechnical Engineer

In the morning Archeologist Julie Dunne explained how Ashton Meadows formed and how archeologists look for people as well as artefacts.

“Archeology aims to dig up people as well as artefacts” she told us, as well as asking “How do buried objects define our identities?”

One of the statements that many present picked up on was the declaration that “We shape landscape, landscape creates us”

She also reminded us of the time frames that archiologists have to deal with and that the human experience is but a blip on a much larged historical landscape, “the rock below Ashton Meadows formed in warm shallow seas 350 million years ago”.

Wesley Dixon, a Geotechnical engineer then explained complex sandstone formations and the importance of different processes in creating the different colours and textures in the earth around Ashton Meadows.

People were particularly taken with the idea of an Ooid, which are formed in some limestones called the ‘Oxwich formation’. It consists of a nucleus ‘rolled back and forth’ in be various processes.

He noted that Ashton Meadows only shows trace elements of human contamination. Most samples contain mainly natural elements and components.

He also noted that pictures of dinosaurs standing on grass are all wrong! There was no grass back in the day…

•Expert speakers: Julie Dunne, PhD Student, Bristol University, Organic Geochemistry Unit, Wesley Dixon - Structural Soils, Graduate Geotechnical Engineer,
Expert speakers: Julie Dunne, PhD Student, Bristol University, Organic Geochemistry Unit, Wesley Dixon – Structural Soils, Graduate Geotechnical Engineer


Earthed works: A practical site-inspired earth sculpture workshop with land artist Mick Petts.

Earthed writes: A practical site-specific writing workshop with writer David Lane.

The Big Dig

We rolled back the turf and dug down to reveal the hidden layers of earth and time beneath the surface of the meadows.





We were also joined by Ed Drewitt for a naturist and wildlife detective public walk.





























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Fun, free and inspirational workshops, activities and exhibition.

Uncover the layers of history, ecology, archaeology and geology lying buried in the earth and rocks of Ashton Meadows [opposite the Create centre], bring you stories, memories and knowledge to share and let your imagination take flight.














Join land artist Mick Petts and writer David Lane as well as historians, gardeners, scientists, cyclists, poets and many others to discover the hidden layers of Ashton Meadows and try your hand at land art and writing inspired by this unique green gateway site – with some of the best views in the city!

All of the material unearthed at the weekender will go into an on-going interactive exhibition, be inspiration for our ‘Make and Mow’ grass art competition, and be used to develop an exciting green storytelling and land art event for Bristol in 2015.

Sign up here for more information and how you can get involved!

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