treefolds in Cumbria – a legacy for The Long View and a celebration of trees, with decades ahead of them. Come and pause with a tree and, over the years, watch it grow. Well built dry stone walls in Cumbria can stand for a century, or more …
With the help of the extremely talented master waller, Andrew Mason (whose portfolio includes ten years working with Andy Goldsworthy), we are placing three treefolds in Cumbria.
These treefolds embody something that’s fundamental to Cumbria and, let’s face it, many other places: a celebration of people and trees, the bringing together of art and tradition, and a combination of constancy and change. Each treefold is built with stone found locally – the bones of the land on which it stands – and is built with techniques that go back hundreds, if not thousands of years (no cement – just stones, air, and hard work!). Around the centre of each treefold a line of poetry has been carved into stone. Each line stands alone but, when joined together, forms a complete poem.
During the winter of 2017-2108 a young tree will be planted within each of the treefolds. It will grow, and each season it will change, and over the decades it will become stronger and taller eventually, perhaps, towering above other trees that are there because of its own seeds: after all, a woodland can start from just one tree.
The Cumbria treefolds are one of eight Charter Art residencies being curated by Common Ground in connection with the new Charter for Trees, Woods and People – we’re really honoured to be part of a nationwide project that involves brilliant artists and is full of creativity, participation, conversations and debates, and will provide legacies in many different parts of the country.
treefold:east is on Little Asby Common – close to the Little Asby Hawthorn and the local landmark, the Dowly Tree
treefold:centre is in Grizedale Forest – the UK’s first forest for sculpture, celebrating land art and creative engagement with trees
treefold:north is in the Ullswater valley, overlooking the lake and within site of the Glencoyne Pine
We will blog about the process of construction and other treefold-related news, and post the links here. Come and find the treefolds for yourself, or if you’re reading this during our building phase join us during a drop-in day to witness the art and skill of dry stone wall building – somehow, out of hundreds of heavy, unevenly shaped stones, a perfect circle emerges.
Pip Hall, lithographer and carver, and Harriet choosing: which words on which stones?