It’s exciting how it changes

Workshop Outline

The longer you stand here with the roots, the more you see how beautiful they are









Stage 1. Inside

Led discussion by artist

Own research and ideas on Colinton Dell

Once an area of industry now a leafy sanctuary

Prosperity and neglect through time / human intervention & impact

Sketchbook – mills, wood flour images, glass shards

Provide enthusiasm on Colinton Dell

Look into artist practices – Robert Smithson, Joamim Romer, Drury,

Art history –

18th century landscape paintings (shift towards more emotional),

Robert Smithson

Ideas of the sublime – feeling the landscape rather than seeing it

Encourage the group to develop their own interpretations


Stage 2. Outside

New Caledonian Woodlands & Artist locate site

Preparing the site

Drawing/mapping the site

Gathering natural materials


Allowing the group to be lost

Gentle guiding – starting point

Encouraging ideas

Collective vs. individual work

One circle

One idea – not inclusive

Encouraged other ideas

Sudden creative flow

Temporary earthwork – two circles intersecting and outlined by dead leaves

1st circle highlighted the roots with green ivy leaves, stone infinity symbol

Human figure holding up 1st circle (made by dusting artist with wood flour)

2nd circle – empty/void, early foliage growth

Artist recording dialogue & documenting with camera


Stage 3. Responses to earthwork


“holding on to what we’ve lost”, “void is threatening it” (1st circle being threatened by empty/void circle), “negative & positive”, “potential…distance is activity and possibilities”, “depends on what way you look at it”, “yin & yang”,  “lightness & dark…beautiful”, “the figure is dancing”, “figure is humorous”, “superman saving the world”, “could be from any time”, “all natural except figure….greenpeace activist”, “urban art/graffiti art”, “tipping between = development” , “sub centre point”, “its exciting how it changes”


  • PAR+RS commission for website No longer exists (
  • New Caledonian Woodlands Trust