Looking for sites at Westdown/Asham and Fairy Cave Quarries

Artmusic was formed in 1999 to produce and promote collaborative work between artists working in different disciplines, and to create site-specific and participatory work.

For Step in Stone visual artist Rowena Pearce and I (composer, Helen Ottaway) are working in sculpture, found sound and music to produce ECHO a work reflecting the transformation through quarrying of smooth rock to scree.

At Westdown/Asham and Fairy Cave Quarry we were looking for suitable sites  – sloping areas with scree to place Rowena’s ‘stream of boulders’ and open spaces for trumpet performances.

Westdown/Asham Quarry

Possible site for ‘stream’ of boulders at Westdown/Asham Quarry

 

 

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Later, with Fiona, we took a few boulders and the trumpet to Fairy Cave Quarry.  The use of the trumpet is inspired by the idea of the ‘blast’ – a word used both for the process of quarrying and for the sound made by a trumpet.  But also by the shape of rugose coral fossils commonly found in limestone.  At Fairy Cave we came across a piece of half buried masonry very reminiscent of this shape and behind it a sloping area perfect for Rowena’s boulders.

bureied masony at Fairy Cave Quarry

buried masony at Fairy Cave Quarry

 

 

 

 

 

site for boulders?

Playing around placing the trumpet on the stones made interesting shadows, reminisent of quarrying machinery – or is that just too fanciful……………

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……and looking around for high places to play from, I found that, surprisingly, I could get up to the top of this rock face – a great place for a trumpet blast.

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The day we visited fairy Cave was a gorgeous clear blue sunny day.  Step in Stone is a fantastic project which we are very happy to be part of and we’re very pleased to be off the starting blocks.

Helen Ottaway, Artmusic 14/06/2015

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