Today was a day for visiting Waterlow Park. It hadn’t even occurred to me that it was 1 March! The first day of spring?!!
The park is laid out in a clockwise narrative, with the story and history of the place explained at each of the way-points, namely, each of the six gates into the park. These are marked noticeboards made up of a formulaic trypic, Parish Notices, Map of Where you Are, history panel.
I followed this route photographically using the mantra Juxtaposition, Intervention, Restoration. It’s a 29 acre site so this took a good few hours and I ended up with around 250 images. It is a VERY rich site contextually, even within the boundaries of the park, let alone the outlying streets. It is MUCH easier to find reasons for clay once you visit a site. Sounds like an obvious thing to say, but CLAY IS EVERYWHERE!!
Most people don’t see it, so it seems it should be pointed out to them. Working within an accepted and understood framework is the key. The whole point is communication and in order to do that there needs to be a hook, some shared place of understanding that people can then respond to and discuss.
It is very easy to forget these basic facts after spending so much time immersed in one subject. They cannot be stated enough!
So, the following is a start at suggestions for responses to each gate.