PART 4: Environmental Interventions project 2- interacting with the environment


Project 2: Interacting with the environment

Take a walk in a place you know well and make five different small drawn interactions in the environment using only what you find around you and your own body and without damaging any plants or animals in the process.

 The garden provided the environment for this exercise. In the first set of these drawn interactions I have used discarded elements of plant life, dropped petals from the rose bushes, dandelion flowers cut off before they seeded. With dropped rose petals I explored the different tones and colours and simply arranged them on the decking where they had dropped.


With the yellow dandelion heads I used them to assemble a covering for a section of the brick wall bringing the gaze to experience more of the colour in the garden bed.


The second set of drawn interactions centred around autumn leaf sweeping. The large grouping of bamboo in the garden sheds a lot of dead leaves and I used these to bring interest to the area by arranging them into circular patterns.


The horse-chestnut tree is always the first to lose its leaves at the start of autumn. I took this as a creative moment rather than a chore. The inspiration for this ideas came from nature itself when I opened the front door some months ago after a strong wind had blown for most of the night and found it had left a lovely trail of leaves for me to see.

Fallen leaves blown into a pattern by the wind outside the front door.

Fallen leaves blown into a pattern by the wind outside the front door.


In a part of the garden I have a tiny secluded wood. I took a piece of driftwood and made a pattern from berries in a crack in the wood. I laid this image in the wood as something to accidentally come across when in the wood.




About pbfarrar

I am an Australian living permanently in England. I have recently retired from the position of Principal of an independent school and have taken up the study of Fine Art with the OCA.
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