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more art made by mother nature

Sunday 22 May 2011

an altogether more natural artistic intervention in the landscape –  the somewhat startling sight first witnessed on a sunday drive to the supermarket – a short stretch of rambling hedgerow wrapped in a fine, gossamer grey web. i passed the spot on two further occasions, and on the third drive-by pulled over to take a closer look… (photographs taken with a mobile phone)

i think it may have been a hawthorn or perhaps a spindle or elder bush but there was really nothing of it left, just a skeleton… cautiously peering into the faintly spooky, sticky mesh of fibres i could see hundreds of off-white, wriggly things…

i later googled caterpillars and webs and ascertained this was a colony of ermine moth larvae or caterpillars (later to become ermine moths) and they can completely envelop a tree or a shrub to keep predators from attacking their growing colony (which here must amount to many thousands of soon-to-be caterpillars!). i discovered a similar infestation has occurred in a public park in yorkshire… maybe it’s the prolonged spell of dry weather…

quite fascinating and yet mildly frightening in a way too, alluding to a small act of god’s damnation, a biblical allusion to the great plagues of egypt, or nature just proving its powers again – we are all doomed!.. but i think i’ll let you decide…

an obvious art-historical reference sprung to mind – the wrapped trees of christo & jean-claude

wrapping up the landscape, here looking especially marvellous in the early morning (or is it evening?) light…

Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Wrapped Trees, Fondation Beyeler and Berower Park, Riehen, Switzerland, 1997-98
[Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Wrapped Trees, Fondation Beyeler and Berower Park, Riehen, Switzerland, 1997-98 (Photo: Wolfgang Volz) © 1998 Christo]

the trees still look ghostly but seem alive (this is winter), with the appearance of fluffy clouds that have just landed or are about to take off, the trees not tightly bound or swaddled into submission as other artists have done…

Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Wrapped Trees, Fondation Beyeler and Berower Park, Riehen, Switzerland, 1997-98
[Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Wrapped Trees, Fondation Beyeler and Berower Park, Riehen, Switzerland, 1997-98 (Photo: Wolfgang Volz) © 1998 Christo]

curiously, it was about this time last year that i chanced upon or found some found or readymade art in the landscape (albeit of a humanly-constructed kind) – what is it about the month of may, i wonder?

a minor road painting incident

Monday 7 February 2011

recently spotted in a small norfolk town with an unfortunate name, and i had the camera to document the road works in progress…

double yellow lines - minor found abstract painterly incident on the road

a council roadworker with an keen eye for absolute precision in road painting, even if it doesn’t entirely match… i was left briefly pondering, is this normal for norfolk*..?

more double yellow lines - line paintings seen on the road

but this wasn’t the only painterly road incident. further along this minor road there was another occurence of fresh double yellow line painting… what would this exact colour be in pantone..?

double yellow lines roadworks - abstract paintings

it seems that council yellow comes in many shades, or else it fades very quickly…

double yellow lines - painting abstract art

and sometimes remedial action is taken later on, in trying to match the original colour…

double yellow lines painted on the tarmac - abstract art

but i am saving my favourite photograph for last… here in close-up, a unique road work composition in a medley of mellow (and not so) yellow hues, wonderfully crackled textures and mismatching layers, subtly embossed by the pattern of tyre treads, my found painting (or print) of the day…

this image has some definite kerb appeal and more than enough art historical references, should one wish to analyse it any further…

double yellow lines textures - tarmac -abstract painting

this post is written with much reference to and respect for the artist over at the aesthete’sfoot blog, aka the opposite of tomato, an artist who has brought an intriguing, conceptual dimension to what could be loosely termed ‘creative kerb crawling’  in his two years (or more?) drawing project, to visually document discarded drinks cans in all their myriad convoluted, crumpled and flattened forms – see also the curious incidents of the double black (not yellow) lines.. he now calls himself the darjeeling fop… well, that’s the line painting finished – time for a brew..?

*normal for norfolk; a somewhat derogatory slang term used by medics, often shortened to NFN, as a means to identify in the Doctor’s patient’ notes that the unusual symptoms or behaviour presented maybe the result of the patient being, relatively speaking (so to say), someone wuss abit darf, nut roight in the hed