Waterland was made for the Bulwell Riverside Joint Services Centre, for Nottingham City Council, opening in 2012. The work comprises a series of five sculptures inspired by the microscopic desmids and diatoms that inhabit freshwater rivers, in particular the adjacent River Leen. The smallest work represents a stone in the water, with the other four elements rippling out.
When creating Waterland, a time capsule was included as a central part of the work. After discussions with stakeholder groups, it was decided to place poems and prose of local relevance (much of it relating to 2012) in the capsule, along with ceramic works by local children from school workshops. The subject matter for these was the archaeological finds on the site, and by comparison, what the children considered to be important objects from their own time; these were made as small ceramic forms.
Photo: Tom Martin