My installation does not fully ‘cover’ all of the fence area that runs along the road, and informally people have said to me ‘Why don’t you just keep going and fill it up?’ So far I have not had the time to continue the piece but now am planning to, but with a shift of imagery and slight change in materials. I think five figures is enough, and more of these may in fact be less.

I am planning to add some ivy or evergreen plant material to extend the line running along the bottom of the installation that really holds the piece together visually. I then will try to create the impression of a small piece of woodland that the figures could notionally be moving towards. Not using bark, but more twigs and branches, and with interesting color on them if I can find it.

Sketchbook page to show my plan for more

All well and good but I need to refurbish supplies and so today on one of the shortest daylight days of the year I have been down in the woods with my secateurs searching for more materials. Managed to smile at myself, as I rejected many small pieces of wood that are easily available since they were not interesting enough, insufficient texture or surface color. The foray was time-consuming because I was so particular but it was also fairly successful. Now I just needed a lot of ivy and sourced that from our garden!

More as planned and implemented- another 20 feet or so of materials

Could not resist adding one further small piece of observed life in the woods- a bird!Bird-n_tree


Turkey trot

The big day dawned and all the figures were completed including fitting the dog with a collar and bone.


Thanksgiving 2015 was a cool but sunny morning. The 5K run/walk starts at 8.30pm. As the promotion says:-

Enjoy a favorite area tradition, prepare for your Thanksgiving feast, run through scenic Princeton, NJ and help people in need. Run or walk in the Trinity Church Turkey Trot, a family friendly 5-K benefit event.”

I set up the camera on a tripod on the opposite verge from the installation and lay in wait for the first runners.

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Early runners

These are serious athletes, not really interested in public art along the way. They are racing plus they are coming to the first and only ‘hill’.

As the parade of 2,000 or so runners and walkers came by, the pace slowed, people had more time and enjoyed the view. Hooray!

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“Admiring” walkers

A comment that day from a fellow walker and artist (photographer):-

Your installation is terrific!  I love the idea of computer- (ASCII-) like figures rendered not just in analog–but in PLANT.  What a lovely addition to the neighborhood, and perfect for that spot!  It’s true, from the few “site-specific” things I did, I thought the interactions with people are the best part.  I’m curious about how everything is held together in your piece, but perhaps all is revealed in the blog. I’ll take a look as a treat during the post-turkey food coma.”