step in stone – my story so far

Bronwen Bradshaw

step in stone – a project taking place in the East Mendip quarries this summer and autumn – gave me a commission to make work inspired by the quarries. The Quarries were indeed inspirational, but what to make to go into them? There is so much there already: stone, plants, fossils, bird life, insect life; the list goes on. After several visits and much pondering I found that the beautiful Google earth map of Westdown/Asham quarry had stuck in my head. So I made my work ‘You are here’ by increasing the scale of the map mightily, and making 10 etched aluminium plates that fitted together to make a map that measured 2 x 1 metres. Here is the story of the project so far, in pictures.

Google earth map

Image drawn with wax onto aluminium plate

the plate is etched in a solution of copper sulphate and salt.

Some of the finished plates in the garden

All the plates

My rubbings of the plate, to be displayed in the Black Swan Arts exhibition for SAW 15

Entering the quarry in pouring rain

Contrasting drills

It looks small now!

YOU ARE HERE

Workshop participants have a go at a rubbing

Rubbing close up

Back at the Earth Science Centre

Brass Rubbing 'heel ball' sticks make good rubbings of leaves etc

More drawings and rubbings.

The books are finished

Group photo

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