Horsebere Meadow 2006
Horsebere Meadow, Longlevens, Gloucester
Materials : European Oak, hand made bricks
Commissioned by: Gloucester City Council

The site of Horsebere Meadow is a remnant section of an ancient agricultural field system which used the ridge & furrow method. This small parcel of land, which still has some ridge & furrow remnant ground formations, is now an island of green in a sea of housing. Horsebere Meadow will be maintained as a small wildlife sanctuary and informal recreational area.

I was commissioned by Gloucester City Council to make two seats for the site and to engage the local community in workshops to raise awareness of the Council's plans for the site. Building on my previous experience of creating hand made and carved bricks I devised a project with the primary school at Longlevens, working with a group of thirty year 5 children to design images based on the flora and fauna of the site, and then to carve them into hand made brick pavers, prior to firing. Coleford Brick & Tile Company, based in the Forest of Dean, were kind enough to supply and fire the bricks free of charge. The two seats, entitled Continuum II & III make oblique reference to the ridge and furrow landscape.

 

 

Approximately 120 bricks were successfully carved and fired, and these were later set into the winding path which runs through the site.