The Way of the Swallows – installation in barn approx 70ft. long – Northumberland 2006. Installation of mixed broadleaf branches, painted JCB Yellow (the colour of sunshine and of tractors and farm machines around the area). Suspended from the rafters of a large barn.
Diving through the doorway, swooping through the barn and up into the sky at the other end, the work follows the trajectory of multitudes of summer swallows. They would shoot past my head as I worked in the barn – always following the same flight-path.
The Way of the Swallows is a visible trace of recent activity – bird, branch and human – and a reminder of our interdependence. As always – it is about ‘place’, using found natural materials from the immediate surroundings.