Harvest, Mary Branson, 2018 (Box Hill view visual: red)
By Mary Branson
Over the summer of 2018 Mary Branson will work with Lower Box Hill Farm to explore their relationship to the land and the processes and rituals of harvest time highlighting some of the unseen work that goes into shaping the landscape that is often taken for granted.
In September, working with the farmers, Mary proposes to arrange black wrapped hay bales in the lower field on Box Hill in a design which celebrates the local endangered Straw Belle moth. These will be illuminated from 15th September 2018 from dusk till 11pm each evening. The light installation will be visible from Salomon’s Memorial, enabling viewers to see the work from a distance and also at closer proximity by guided night time walks.
The piece will culminate in a celebration at the Box Hill viewpoint on the 29th September 2018 bringing the arts and landscape together. The celebratory event will include lanterns with the theme of the Straw Belle moth made in workshops and community choirs and poetry groups will perform work created inspired by the Surrey landscape.
Harvest will be installed at Lower Box Hill Farm from 15 – 29 September 2018, from dusk until 11pm. The work will be accompanied by a series of guided night walks and a closing celebration. Full event details will be announced closer to the event.
Mary Branson specialises in creating large scale installations, using sculpture, light and sound. By experimenting with scale, light and multiplicity, she forms new environments that question the existing polemics of art and the space it inhabits. Many of her installations are temporary and encompass elements of performance, photography, film and sound. In 2014, Mary became Artist in Residence at the Houses of Parliament, researching archives of the Suffrage movement, and producing New Dawn artwork for the Palace of Westminster was unveiled on June 7th, 2016. www.marybranson.co.uk