A few months ago I built two watchtowers. They were built to show my interpretation on the current culture that has been adopted in England. This of course is the Big Brother effect our country has over its people. I felt the symbol of the watchtower was quite fitting and the images worked well.
I wanted to see how the public reacted to my work. These odd authoritative figures appearing in the country side would surely create a reaction? I was very focused on the actions I was doing as a Land Artist at this point and very interested in the reactions too. I was focused on seeing whether or not people would walk on by the looming authoratitve structures, adopting the Big Brother 'keep on walking' and leave well alone approach. Or would the public interact with my pieces, perhaps be quite destructive?
In fact both were the case. The 'Hagwood Watchtower' was left alone, where as the 'Hurstwood Watchtower' had been pushed over. So i did indeed get some results, but what did it prove? The destroyed watchtower could have been knocked over by an aggrivated farmer. What does it mean that the other was left alone? I became confused by my own study. At this point I left the watchtowers to be rediscovered by myself for future development.
After approximately half a year I came back to discover the states of both watchtowers. 'Hurstwood Watchtower' was still in rubbles where as the watchtower in Hagwood had been blown over and badly weathered. Time had taken an interesting toll on this watchtower and I enjoyed the resulting product. The grass had grown over the structure and had become embedded in the ground. After retrieving the fallen tower from Hagwoods boggy grounds, up came the earth, the plants and the creatures that now inhabited it. My own theories and studies no longer mattered as I had new ideas and plans to work with for this watchtower.
Riots And Ruins
I initially built a watchtower to represent the Big Brother mentality of the nation we live in. Time took its toll and the watchtower became ruins. A Big Brother symbol in ruins (Just like the city of London) reminded me of the current situation. To replicate the fight of the common man to protect and save our Big Brother capital I salvaged the ruins and attached rope to steady and keep the structure up. I felt this addition symbolised these factors well.
The evidence of revival is still evident on the watchtower. The earth and grass that came up from ground remains, along with the creatures which made it their home. In London, after the riots the 'creatures' of that city remain too, amongst the rubble and damage, supporting their fallen Big Brother city.
Above is a video of the piece, so that you can get a feel of viewing the piece yourself. The piece is filmed to resemble the deserted aftermath in which the riots took place.