Years ago, farmers just grew crops and raised livestock but as crop production and livestock rearing have become more specialised and diversification means that we no longer depend entirely on the revenue generated by growing crops, the farmer’s job has changed radically. Most recently, our farmer has assumed the job of Artistic Technician, which is rather surprising for someone who previously showed
no hardly any talent or appreciation for anything remotely artistic.
As part of the Essex Summer of Art, Ruth has devised a children’s art trail around the farm that encourages families to explore the countryside, find the temporary land art and make their own art by adding to the existing installations or creating a new one.
I should explain that Ruth is very good at creative vision, but isn’t the most practical member of the family and consequently she has spent the last few weeks persuading her father to translate her ideas into reality. Amongst their creations, Ruth and her Artistic Technician have taken a heap of Christmas trees, which had been cut down during recent plantation maintenance, to form the installation by the Barley Barn entitled Make a Point. I don’t know which makes me smile most – the giant pencils themselves or the fact that Bill is now offering Ruth ideas for other installations.