The tale of the Forfar Botanists is an inspirational one. Five local men, who were all born into poverty, with little formal education, all achieved lasting fame for their contributions to botany. Their love of plants and their dedication took them to the far corners of the world and the heady heights of academia.
The Friends Of The Forfar Botanists, a local charity group have raised funding to create a garden at Myre Road in their honour. Designed by Inglis Thorburn, the garden will provide a physical memorial to their work and provide a lasting legacy that will tell their story to the locals and interested visitors through planting and interpretation.
I have been appointed to construct the walling for the garden which will provide the structure for the area and to design and make a sculptural centerpiece.
Application form completed, fee submitted there is now no turning back!
After thinking about it for a long time I have finally decided to take the plunge and committed myself to taking part in this years Perthshire Open Studios.
Public Art by definition is not a studio based practice; my career has focused on designing, creating, & making work to commission, often these are constructed on site and I can be away from the studio for months at a time, very little to see back at base. Taking place between the 7th-15th September the event is little under 22 weeks away. Recent changes offer new possibilities, my aim over the next few months is to use the POS as a catalyst to exploring these in positive & productive ways.
Opening a studio, or in my case – ‘The Shed’ – necessitates making a to-do-list of things requiring attention to make the visitors experience safe, interesting, & hopefully fun, my worry at the moment is that my list contains so many items that have nothing to do with creating ‘art’ that I wonder if I’ll have anything to ultimately exhibit!
Please check back as the year progresses to see if I manage to reduce the to-do-list, fingers crossed I’ll be able to put on a display that will be worth coming to view.