The previous blog on the interpretation challenges for energy got me thinking about a project we did around 10 years ago in the Nantgwynant Valley near Beddgelert. Cwlwm Glaslyn (The Glaslyn Knot – the Glaslyn is the main river or thread running through the valley) This work was undertaken with the local community and its purpose was to engage with the community and visitors to show how much more special the place was. The views are stunning but Its folklore, legends, riches and Cynefin (you’ll have to look that one up!) add so much more depth to the place. But the art we developed in no way should take over from the location. Most of the resulting environmental art is hidden away in the countryside and people will just happen to find it. The artists normally lived in the community for months and worked with the school, local clubs, visiting groups and so on. We had quite a few events, the odd book launch and a valley full of hidden art.
Over the weekend I went out with the troops to see how the art installations had lasted. It was all still there! Dogs, Dragons, Giants, Copper, Kings… can all be ‘not seen’ in the countryside. We even converted a couple of derelict barns into outdoor galleries that you have to hunt out.
The question on energy and its interpretation is as relevant to this art. It should not take over from a sites ‘special’ feeling but if you look hard enough you will find something. To see this art you have to work for it!