Mother Earth

Designed and constructed over a three year period and utilizing waste materials, coal shale and recycled spoils drawn from across the development site. 170 metres long by 30 metres wide and 8 metres high, the concept was to create a female figure within the landscape on a scale where it was only possible to experience the whole sculpture through the personal exploration of the onlooker – building up a mental map of the body through the discovery and linking of individual features, thereby evoking a sense of human scale and relationship to the wider world. The whole figure was hydra-seeded with a specific wildflower/grass mix and mown to a defined maintenance schedule. Today Mother Earth forms part of a 40 hectare public open space at the Festival Park.