SALLY KIDALL’S_Westdown/Asham Quarry Installation

Westdown/Asham Quarry nr Chantry, Somerset, UK

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 “Lest We Forget: is enough enough?”
Sally Kidall 2015
Materials: timber chairs, plastic bags, fabric, soil, wheat seed, rocks, string, water

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This site-specific environmental installation consists of two large concentrically arranged circles of clear plastic bags placed comfortably within this post-industrial setting. The work is a contemporary interpretation of memorials and commemorative monuments and appears reminiscent to a prehistoric stone circle. The larger bags stand tall, each encasing a chair with a grass-growing seat. The larger circle will consist of 12 water filled, pyramid shaped, clear plastic structures. As the grass photosynthesises and the temperatures change, condensation forms and drip within the bags, creating a ghostly presents to the work. This installation changes over the course of its display as always with my work the outcome is inconclusive.

“The more we have the less we own.” Meister Eckhart
“Every increased possession loads us with new weariness” John Ruskin;

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SALLY KIDALL’S _Fairy Cave Installation

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Sally Kidall 2015

Materials: transparent nylon fabric (organza), bamboo, hazel & silver birch, furniture & household items, fabric, soil, wheat & runner bean seeds & nuts, casting soap, string, sand, rocks.

Terra Firma 9.sm21 varying sized transparent fabric tents are supported on raft type structures and are arranged in part concentric circles. Some rafts are mounted on wheels to appear like trailers while the others sit grounded to their site. Each tent contains various growing manufactured items supporting their own narratives, from grass growing clothes on hangers, to growing table and chair settings, to sawdust coated teapots and leaf coated glasses, coffee pot and cups. The smaller tents contain soap castings of toy cars, wheels, incandescent light bulbs and electric plugs etc, while bamboo ladders support sprouting runner bean plants

Terra Firma far view“Being part of ‘step in stone’ has given me an ideal platform to explore, through making site-specific works, my fascination for contemporary commemorative memorials. These Mendip quarries in themselves commemorate the regions valuable contribution to the industrialisation of Britain. I aim to stimulate conversations and awareness about the values and impacts of quarrying and the future security of the Mendips and its communities.”

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Sally Kidall setting up: Lest We Forget: is enough enough?

Stage 2 openings today at Westdown Quarry and its a glorious day! Come down today and check out my grass growing chairs in “Lest We Forget: is enough enough?”
Materials: wheat grass, soil, timber chairs, plastic, water, rocks, glass-fibre rods, string

First image of finished work last night, light was fading, rain easing, better images to following.

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What an enormous week organising my first work for ‘step in stone’ at Westdown Quarry, sourcing 12 old chairs, the right soils, tools & materials, planting seeds with in an hour of arriving from Australia after traveling for 36 hours!! It was a relief to find my bags were going to fit my motley collection of old chairs sourced from Northwich, Cheshire, Bristol.Lest we Forget set up2

Sarah McCluskey, my very good friend from art school days, kept me going through the jet-lag with her endless wit and hard labour!! Here she is, totally soaked, filling my plastic pyramids with puddle water, yes we had online water supply yesterday, thank you rain!Lest we Forget set up 4

Sarah loading rocks into the base of the chairs to anchor them to site. And thanks to her husband Steve Woodcock too for helping me the other night attach the chair bases.

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Here shows how the well traveled grass cushions, that have been in & out of my van all week, sit on the seats with more soil below to nourish them over the next few weeks. The plastic bags are them supported with fine glass fibre rods.Lest we Forget set upLest we Forget set up3

To find my work you need to keep walking, its about 15-20 minute walk from the entrance gates, keep following the path along the river, don’t give up its worth the walk to this beautiful enchanting site!

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Sally Kidall  15/8/15

Sally’s Kidall’s final preparations….

I am now packing my bags ready to leave cold wintery Australia on Friday. All the light parts of my project are finished at last after many weeks thinking, planning, making, sewing…… my studio space is a complete mess as is the rest of the house, my poor family suffer with every project. It looks like I’m sewing for a bridal company!!

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My project for Fairy Cave Quarry is called “Terra Firma: there’s no place like home”. It consists of 21 transparent tents of various sizes arranged in concentric circles reminiscent of a large ancient monument. Each tent will contain various growing/changing narratives, yet to be made, all will be revealed nearer the time.

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I have had a passion for making tent projects over the last couple of years, some floating, others hanging onto exposed cliff tops, or beaches or sitting comfortably in an arid S. Australian bushland.

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Recently some of them have taken to wheels and I have had a couple of opportunities to try out some ideas for ‘step in stone’.

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My first project to set up next week is called “Lest We Forget: is enough enough?”, this project is a new larger developed version of an earlier work made for Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi. Westdown quarry is a great location for this work and I’m looking forward to setting it up next week. Its made of 12 chairs housed in large plastic bags with grass growing seats inside and arranged again in a large circle, plus an outer circle of water containing plastic pyramid shaped bags I’ve made.

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I’m looking forward to returning to Somerset and the Mendips area and meeting all the artists and visitors.

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