Thursday, February 27, 2020

variations on walking sticks

Except for time/tine, which I designed for Sweeney's Bothy a few years ago, these drawings of walking sticks were made in 2019, for my exhibition Day of Access, (Travelling Gallery).

The sticks are mostly playful or poetic, although some relate to recent work on the overlapping movements of rewilding, ecological remediation, and the pine-planting and deer-stalking crazes. 

Sweeney's stick is cut from the thorn tree he lived in during his madness. 

The growing oak is a memory of Dr Johnson's staff, which he lost while crossing the Isle of Mull. 

A few years ago Ken Cockburn, Amy Todman, Robin Gillanders and I used a version of the viewing stick to frame the landscape, for a project with young people on the Roman wall in Callendar Park, Falkirk.

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