WILLOW SPIRAL

The Wanderlust is back on the canals enjoying the tranquil feeling of being afloat. Behind us lays the Willow Spiral.

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WILLOW SPIRAL

The Willow Spiral was a part of Spiral Journey 2015, we planted it together with the boating community of Mercia Marina. It is the only Spiral of the Journey which will be permanent. When we came back this year the planted Willow had a hard time yet as how Willow do it survived and with a bit of help started to grow once again. We filled the caps, pruned the dead bits, cut the grass.

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BROKEN SLATE LOST WORDS

The slate on which the poems were written had broken, so we even picked up the pieces of the poems. On the bare slate new poems appeared, clearly poetry is a part of the Spiral.
With poetry in mind we had an other community event writing haiku or wishes. It was a lovely sunny day with many walkers joining in with us.

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NEW ENCOUNTERS

We created a small seat in the centre of the Spiral with a small Haiku box filled with little canvas flags ready for a small poem, wish, dream, remembrance or any other messages to be taken by the wind.
The seat is sheltered by a stick Tipi, to create that special place for reflection.

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HUNGRY WILLOW

The Willow will now look after themselves as some sure prove by ‘eating’ up the string which hold them. Nature will move in and take care while human write to remember the strength of nature.

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READING WILDLIFE

The Wanderlust moves on.

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WRITTEN SILENCE

 

mAgdA

 

 

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Wandering spirals

We are retracing our boat-steps from last year but not just so, we will leave behind a trail of spirals. All them lovely spots from last year, which left a deep impression we will visit again, not alone but with a group of other floating artist on their narrowboats. As a group we have several exhibitions on the land and on our boats, see video to get a first impression.

back to where we came from

back to where we came from

Right from the beginning of Land Art spirals were important, perhaps because we see so many wonderful spirals in nature and not just in plants also in animals like the tail of the Seahorse. So the idea to make spirals on our route as a community Land Art project was born. Each lovely place will get a spiral made in that landscape with what we can find in that landscape. As a part of the spiral a poem will be written, by them who make the spiral.

spiral tail

spiral tail

First the Wanderlust went back home, close to her home, where she was build. Last year we past it and planted an Oak nearby along the Trend and Mersey Canal, now we call it home, boat and crew. The Mercia Marina became our place to be in February. We can popUP our gallery here and sell our art while making it. The marina was very keen to hear about Spiral Journey and offered a place to make the Spiral.

spiral spotting

spiral spotting

The first spiral of a group of spirals along the canals on our tour this year. We made the Spiral with Willow cuttings pushing them in the ground and weave them together. Willow is such a great art material and there was plenty of it around growing and flowing. You can make great living sculptures with Willow as they grow the tree themselves makes a sculpture started by human hands.

growing sculptures

growing sculptures

So Spiral Journey started right near the home of Wanderlust. Boaters made this first spiral leaving something behind for the passing boats to wonder about and wander through. The spiral is big enough for people and their dogs to walk the spiral to the centre, where an other Oak was planted from the Shropshire Union Canal acorns seeded last year.

Spiral weaving

Spiral weaving

Willow Spiral could be made real big into a Land Art Forest, planting trees in the shape of a spiral people walking to the centre, all we need would be a piece of land large enough to accommodate a forest. Spiral journey will be preliminary to the Land Art Forest planted in the shape of a spiral. As from this moment anything sold from the Wanderlust 20% will go into the Land Art Forest and we will start to fundraise money on Crowd Funding Sites.

concentration

concentration

All the Spirals of Spiral Journey will come together in a book with the poems and photos of the Spirals, the selling of this book will go 100% into the Land Art Forest.
You can take part, this Saturday 9 May at Milton Keynes at the StonePit field. As the name says there are plenty of stones here to create the spiral with and to write a poem on.

Stone Pit Field

Stone Pit Field

Two sand spirals will be made at Queens Park Art Centre Aylesbury, with children from 4 till 11 years old. The children will make some sand stories to take home and to leave in the spiral, poetry or figurative. After this a spiral will appear at Cassiobury Park near Watford on 18 July and anybody is welcome to join in followed shortly after by a spiral in the Peace Meadow as part of Linslade Canal Festival.

Willow hoop

Willow hoop

You can follow the Artists on the Canals on Facebook to see where we are but here is a list:

Milton Keynes at the Great Linford park from 2 – 12 May

Aylesbury at the canals basin right in town from 17 – 30 May with an exhibition at Queens Park Art Centre

Berkhamsted the mooring by the Rising Sun Pub from 3 – 6 June

Hemel Hempstead several moorings from 9 – 28 June with an exhibition at the Old Town Hall

Cassiobury Park by the Iron Lock Bridge from 6 – 20 July with an exhibition at the Cha Cafe

Spiral Poems

Spiral Poems

SPIRAL JOURNEY

The first Spiral for Spiral Journey will be made in the next few weeks, just a few miles away from Stenson where the Wanderlust was build in 1992.
On the moment we are moored at Mercia Marina near Willington along the Trend and Mercey Canal. It was here we planted last year one of the Oak trees, grown from an acorn found along the Shropshire Union Canal. The little Oak was planted in a hollow Willow tree which was sawn down to prevent it from falling.

the little Oak

the little Oak

Willows only live for a short time unless you coppice them. Now we will be making a Spiral as a part of Spiral Journey with people from the Marina. This Spiral will be made from Willow on a field next to the canal to virtual join the other Spirals which will be made along the canals. The field is a part of a wild life area and you can walk through it on the 3 circular walks from the Marina.

the field by the canal

the field by the canal

The field was chosen, not only for its position next to the canal, but also for its natural beauty. The location in the field is near the foot-bridge over the canal so people can see the spiral from higher up when crossing the bridge. In a way it moves on from the Bridge project starting by a bridge.

the foot-bridge

the foot-bridge

We will be weaving the Willow as some of the Willows in the field did natural, it will grow together into a living wooden sculpture. Last year i made a living Willow sculpture along the Shropshire Union Canal and after just one season the woven branches grew together.

natural woven

natural woven

Shropshire Union Willow

Shropshire Union Willow

A poem written by the people making the Spiral about the landscape in which the Spiral grows. Everybody experience the landscape different and by writing these different experience in one poem will make people look at that landscape from a different perspective. Visitors can walk through the Spiral while reading the poem coming to the centre. In the centre we will plant Flowering Rush, which we call in Holland the SwanFlower which is appropriate for the Marina as the Swan is used on their information packet.

flowering rush swanflower

flowering rush swan-flower

On our route with the Artist on the Canals more Spirals will be made. Permission has been granted in Milton Keynes on the StonePit Field using the stones we find there and again with a special landscape poem. In Aylesbury 2 Spirals will be made with children at the Queens Park Art Centre, these Spirals will be made with sand. One will have a poem the other, as it will be made by small children between the age of 4 till 7, will have handprints. The people of Cassiobury park are very keen to make an other Spiral there, on the moment we are working out the details of this project. The last Spiral will be made as a part of Linslade Canal Festival and will appear on the Peace Meadow next to the canal close to an other footbridge.

spiralpopUP

popUP gallery at Mercia Marina

Keep an eye on our FaceBook page for more details to be involved with the making of the Spirals any of the Spirals and become part of the Spiral Journey.

week 4 land art ONLY

During the fourth week of our cruising trip, the first piece of land art was made with the first trees planted in Cassiobury Park by the Iron Bridge Lock.

wanderlust

Wanderlust by the Beech trees

We found the perfect mooring spot for our popUP gallery, right in front of some wonderful Beech trees.
The wooden sculptures Berth makes are of beech wood. Beech wood is a challenging wood, a hard wood that easy splinter however it has such a lovely texture and with patience it becomes as smooth as silk.

Beech Wood closeup

Beech Wood closeup

Cassiobury is near the Whippendell Wood and customers were telling me how lovely it is. The next morning I went out to explore and to look for more material for the roof land art. This area has lots and lovely flint stones. They almost look like bones scattered around as if in a field of dead.
The last storms have turned some lovely trees upside down revealing in their roots what once was hidden in the soil. Under a fallen Beech tree I collected some great flint and decided that all the flint I was collecting to come from trees somehow.
Some came from fallen trees and others from standing growing trees.

flinter bones

flinter bones

Yet even under the fallen trees and dying trees you find the sculptures of life turning up in corners once hidden from the light to reach the light once again.
Cassiobury is close to Watford one of the fore towns of London, one of the last big green open spaces. Many people use the woods for sports, most of them running past, cycling past only a few take the time to stop and watch.
Rushing past all that can be seen and feel very little, never having time to touch.

inspiration for ONLY

inspiration for ONLY

There sitting on a fallen tree the inspiration for ONLY came to mind.
The flint was washed and scrubbed to reveal the white as bones.
The pattern, for ONLY, came from a fern leave. When a fern leave comes into life it rolls out like a spiral.  A hairy spiral the leave rolls into the light to grow and seed her spores.

spiral heart

spiral heart

The next morning, before we set of on our next part of the trip towards London, long before anybody was awake, i start to make the spiral ONLY.
I find it hard to work with people wondering around and watching my hands.
Therefor at 6 in the morning with the broom I started to sweep a part of the soil clear and made a circles with the fallen leaves and broken sticks.
The spiral came between two standing Beech trees next to a cut down Beech tree.
The spiral followed free hand the lines follows, this way, her own shape and when you look you see an almost a heart shape in the line of the spiral.

The Tree Centre

The Tree Centre

In the centre of the spiral came a small circle with in the middle two small Willows, which were grown from cuttings from Willows along the Middlewich Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal.
A piece of bark from a fallen Birch tree give the young trees protection from small nibbling animals. Around the tree on the soil a mixture of used tea and coffee provides some nutrition for the young trees.

one by one

one by one

The rocks were placed one standing one fallen like the fallen trees in the woods amongst the standing and growing trees.
The poem with this piece I wrote on the trunk of the sawn down Beech tree.

poem ONLY

poem ONLY

The letters form in addition an other spiral:

ONLY
when you sit
d
o
w
n
you will see
this

mAgdA

14 April 2014