Lenham Quarry 2004
Location : Lenham Chalk Quarry, Lenham, Kent
Materials : English Oak
Commissioned by: Kent County Council AONB Unit

I was interested in the idea of the accumulated layering of the landscape through the passage of time. The chalk layers built up over millions of years holding fossilised remains of creatures from another world. Taking the notion of 'layers' hidden and revealed, my design incorporates a small cutting into the hillside, with the curved seat 'appearing' and 'disappearing' from the face of the cutting, as if revealed through erosion or excavation. The vertical post standing directly behind the seat contains text set along a timeline, punctuated with view holes. The view holes frame and layer the landscape. Three carved images highlight local grassland flora and fossils of shellfish.


 

The piece includes text and images to interpret this unusual chalk quarry, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) along the North Downs. The timber for this work was sourced from the nearby village of Egerton.