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Walking the Rainbow Field

Estella Castle

Walking the Rainbow Field

Estella Castle

Reference

SAS0144_001

Year

2021

Dimensions (cm)

Height: 204
Length: 270
Depth: 75

Materials

Heritage wheat straw, thread, raffia, rebar, chicken wire, heritage straw, thread, raffia, sand & coir.

Suitable Locations for the Work

  • Indoors
  • Floor-based
  • On a plinth

Background, history, commissioner of the work

The ‘Egham Visions’ project, funded by the Arts Council of England, drew on the Egham Museum’s John Hassell watercolour collection, painted in the 1820s, as a backdrop for exploring hidden stories. It allowed the museum to better interpret, catalogue and conserve these works, making them an accessible starting point for discussions and engagement, and culminated in an exhibition that opened in Spring 2021.

Thematic/contextual information

The landscape of Egham, the changes that have shaped it over the past two hundred years, and the hidden narratives within this landscape were the backdrop for 'Land at the Bend of the River'. I learnt the endangered UK heritage craft of 'corn dolly making' during lockdown. The sculpture 'Walking the Rainbow Field' is made up of hundreds of corn dollies taking over 6 months to create. The head is made of corn dollies and the body incorporates traditional thatching & haymaking techniques.

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