"Cut 1" on The Meadow in Gladstone Park.
This piece of land art was a 27 x 37 m section of low relief grass sculpture. It was maintained for over two and a half years between October 2010 and April 2013. The idea developed from the theme of the Artists first solo show, the Branch Outing exhibition held at the Stables Gallery in July 2010 where the Gladstone Park Trees staged their own exhibition. The trees wanted to continue after the show closed and here a giant silhouette of a tree - as if seen through a window of the shadow of Dollis Hill House suddenly appeared on the meadow... It was etched transiently and painfully onto the landscape like a crop circle, it was a very deliberate cut, at a time of both local and national cuts, it was a curiosity of no long-term significance which the landscape easily consumed; it soon grew out. The meadow is to be found on the south-west part of the Gladstone Park where the land is normally left fallow and allowed to grow wild. The grass is only mown occasionally by Brent Parks to make hay, but the grass is generally allowed to grow long and wild encouraging a variety of wildlife. “Cut I” was first created over 3 days during October 2010. The grass was cut incrementally - by free hand drawing using Mr Mc Gregor a domestic lawn mower. The work was physically very challenging to maintain since it required over 8 hours mowing at regular intervals.This was a temporary piece of relatively low impact land art. The best views were to be had by the birds and occasional helicopters flying overhead! But for some regular Park goers it became a destination, they explored it from all angles and walked along the branches at ground level. The images in this gallery document Cut 1 over a three year period. Other images show the efforts that were made to try to capture the essence of this transient work by aerial photography using a camera cradle, ropes and meteorology balloons.