Natural artwork created in Avon Meadows

This land art drawing was made using fleece from the sheep that graze on the Avon Meadows, kindly donated by local farmer, Ed Dunne. 

The sheep fleece was hand rolled into individual balls of fleece and was laid over several days and the form it takes was not predesigned but made through the process of observing and sensing the meadows and its wildlife, the river and trees, then laying the fleece down piece by piece. The drawing will be left to disintegrate naturally and will disappear into the grass as it grows until the hay is cut when the area around the drawing will be planted with wildflower seed.

Please view the work without stepping on, touching or disturbing the balls of fleece and please ensure that dogs are kept on a lead, so that it remains visible for people to enjoy over the next few weeks.

The artwork was created by Kate Raggett, a land and environmental artist who uses natural, found materials to create temporary works in nature which are documented through photography before they disintegrate and transform with the cycle of nature.

She is one of four artists commissioned by Meadow Arts to create projects that engage with the community, reflect the seasons and capture the changing environmental conditions and biodiversity of Avon Meadows Community Wetlands.

The Beauty & Utility project is a new partnership with the Floodplain Meadows Partnership hosted by the Open University School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences.

With thanks to Andrew Fell (drone pilot) for documenting the work, Liz Etheridge at Wychavon District Council for facilitating the project, Meadow Arts and Flood Plain Meadows Partnership initiating and funding the project.

Kate welcomes your comments - if you'd like to respond to the drawing please visit: Instagram: @MeadowArts #BeautyandUtility 

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