Day 4

Installed in Garden D : Tuesday 10th August 2021. Approx. 6pm

Tuesday 17th August 2021. Approx. 6pm

Changes noted: Only subtle changes after one week, some fraying at the edges of the white fabric on the left-hand side, perhaps a slight puckering of the moon fabric and a small fly crawling across as I took the photos.

Saturday 21st August 2021. Approx. 12pm

Changes noted: A very tiny snail was crawling around the moon and a large snail was at the side of the panel, perhaps the mother?

Tuesday 24th August 2021. Approx. 6pm

Changes noted: The small snail had moved significantly towards the stars but sadly had gone into its shell and the host of the panel told me it hadn’t moved for some time. I guess it had found no nutrients on the fabric. The large snail had disappeared.

Tuesday 7th September 2021. Approx. 7pm

Changes noted: The panel seems to be in a very sheltered part of the garden, so I have not witnessed it blowing in the wind as I have some of the other panels and so little wear and tear and only very subtle changes. The small snail has gone. On a balmy, unusually warm September evening I did notice some small marks on the cloth and various creatures crawling over the work.

Tuesday 21st September 2021. Approx. 6pm

Changes noted: Very little change except for some mould appearing, a water-like streak appearing, fraying and the white Japanese Anemones growing in a pot below have now reached the height of the panel.

Tuesday 28th September 2021. Approx. 6pm

Changes noted: I am not sure if there has been changes or rather, I am just more aware of the subtle transformations that were already happening last week – the dirt/ mould and rain streaks and the fringing at the bottom of the calico panel. Presumably, however subtle, and noticeable or not to the eye, changes have continued over the last seven days. Outwith the panel, the beautiful Japanese Anemones have lost their petals.

Tuesday 26th October 2021. Approx. 6.00pm

Changes noted: For various reasons I have not been able to visit this panel for the last three weeks and suddenly it had disappeared, behind the bamboo matting on which it was fixed. The host told me this had been a common occurrence over the last weeks with the heightened gustier Autumn winds. They had, however, chosen to keep returning it back to its original position. Having returned the panel to the front of the matting the wind again began to blow. As I photographed the panel the wind lifted the fabric up, higher each time, eventually depositing it back behind the matting again. After the final photograph I detached the panel from the fencing and took it home. 

Changes noted (cont. Wednesday 27th October 2021.) The panel, particularly on the left-hand side, ‘night’, had got significantly dirtier and darker over the intervening weeks since I had last photographed it. The sun, in the same calico fabric as the night panel, had also continued to darken due to dirt/mould. As it was dusk last night when I documented the work and too dark to take detailed photographs last night, I documented those changes this morning. 

The final photograph shows the hosts garden empty of its’ Day 4 artwork.