Aerial view of In Memoriam
Look Out was set on fire at the closing party for The Messenger
Aerial view of No Borders
The Messenger is a series of four site-specific works in the landscape, made in response to the politics of place at Borders Sculpture Park. Commissioned by Yorkshire Sculpture Park curator Sarah Coulson. The four artworks are In Memoriam, a 25 metre drawing based on the famous Robert Adam plaster moulding ceiling roses inside the house. In Memoriam also acts a memorial to the 13th Earl, John Baillie, a peer and politician who had an extensive knowledge and interest in crop circles and the paranormal.
Look Out is a tower with a smoking chimney, based on the Peel Towers of The Borders which were used as beacons and to store possessions and livestock during raids by Border Reivers in this area. At the closing party of The Messenger Look Out was set on fire to reference the fate of many Peel Towers under attack throughout the turbulent history of The Borders.
No Borders is a neon text piece. The adopted quotation is by the pioneer aviator and feminist icon Amelia Earhart. The artwork sits below the formal gardens at Mellerstain looking towards Anglo Scottish border which boundaries the land. As well as referencing personal and creative freedoms the text piece can be read through a contemporary political lens in 2018 as debate continues over Scottish Independence, Brexit borders and global conflicts regarding boundaries. No Borders is now on exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park as part of OPENAIR2019.
The ancient statue of Mercury has stood on the lawn at Mellerstain House for decades, his bronze caduseus lost long ago. In Greek mythology Mercury is the emissary to Gods travelling freely between the land of the living and the dead using the special powers of his caduseus to do so. For The Messenger Ive replaced his caduseus with a new contemporary perspex version.