The work, entitled MOTHER... is a sculptural structure, a pavilion, that has been created specifically for Wicken Fen nature reserve. The artists hope that visitors to Wicken Fen will enter into the work to sit, contemplate nature, and to read or write. The work is inspired by writer Richard Maybe’s book ‘Nature Cure’, in which he recovers from severe depression through walking, watching and writing about the Eastern region’s beautiful and unexplored landscapes, and Heather’s childhood memories of visiting the landscapes of the Fens and the Wash.
MOTHER... references local building traditions, materials and architectural vernacular to root the structure in the very landscape it is a part of: the timber framing is felled and milled by the artists, the walls and roof are thatched from the local straw, and the form is an interpretation of the remarkable hayricks once found dotting this countyside. The work, with its deep entranceways, ceiling oculus and high double layered conical ceiling, is an architectural space to enter; re-framing visitors’ experience of the landscape of Wicken Fen, the sky, the light and the materials that surround them.
A programme of events will take place at the structure in early 2020.