: Environment Centre, Tilgate Park, Crawley, West Sussex
Materials : English Oak, 4 Wild Service Trees
Commissioned by: Crawley Borough Council
is a five metre high sculpture, combining constructed and living
elements. The constructed and carved element takes the form of two
crossing arches, echoing the vaulted ceilings found in cathedrals.
This structure is the starting point for a sculpture that will take
several decades to reach maturity. The living element consists of
four Wild Service Trees planted at the foot of each leg.
Passage will change its form over several decades. The
mass of the oak arches will initially dominate the young trees.
As time passes and the trees grow, they will come to match and then
supersede the original structure. The trees will be trained, pruned
and grafted in simple, but specific ways, using the oak structure
as a framework with which to grow. When the trees grow beyond the
scale of the structure they will be allowed to develop freely. When
the structure eventually rots and is removed, the living element
will hold in its form the memory of the constructed sculpture.
Place is formed by three elements, which
combine to create an arcing seat. It is situated a few metres away
from, and faces directly towards Passage. Aspects of the
form of Passage are echoed in the design. Place
is intended as a point of calm and stillness, from which to contemplate
Passage, the work of the environment centre, and perhaps
wider environmental issues.