Land Art - Love No. 2
Location: Stanage Edge
Time: 11am - 2pm
Weather: Cloudy, slight wind, chilly.
I walk along the millstone grit ridge of Stanage edge.
Tablets of stone
Protrude out of the earth,
And huge boulders stack on themselves, sitting proudly on the lip of the fault line.
Pools of rainwater
Sit in the shallow stony dips,
Held and gathered after our summer of heavy rains.
And the heather in bloom hugs the peaty contours, rolling away to the far horizon.
Her heady, sweet scent
Is lifted into the air by the winds
And fills my nostrils.
I am scent
I am rock
I am earth
I am sky
I am expanse
I am water.
A large, gritty boulder - rounded, smooth and undulating with deep - cut pockets or cups in its surface.
These pockets in the stone are the size of my hands cupped together.
As body - as rock.
As form and structure,
I scoop up rainwater from a ground pool, using my cupped hands to fill
This holding space in the rock.
Containment - water, like emotion spreads to meet its boundaries.
Water will flow into every crevice, crack and space. It fills every void - never ceasing to move outward until it meets a border.
This water - life force, grief, passion, and sorrow is held here in the rock.
I use my fingers to pull off the purple, round flowers of the heather - shredding them from their woody stem, to float in this rock-made bowl.
The flowers sit on the water, and gently move when caught by the wind. The purple is rich against the grey, gritty stone.
Complete, held - we photograph the work. I walk away, feeling satisfied. An ephemeral creation, was not there before, now is there- a mixture of water, stone and flora and part of the elemental forces.
The rainfall tonight and the wind will wash it away, returning to the earth. In form and beauty one moment, dispersed in the cosmos the next.
Giving and receiving
Being and not being
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