An Open Field

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It’s cityscape and it’s buildings and it’s concrete. It’s the air and the light. Scrub and gorse and oak. Grey, sideways rain and the grey flat sea. Squirrels and sledges and sandwiches. A broken nose. It’s moorhen red, and ancient ash and great wide skies.

Made from a series of unfolding landscapes - both real and virtual - An Open Field is a participatory walking project and online text-based artwork, Luke developed and led as Associate Artist for Fevered Sleep.

Created over a year with people across the UK – from a teenage girl on Lindisfarne to a grandfather in London – An Open Field is what’s with us when we walk, what’s not quite forgotten and what’s lost and found. A contemplation of our connectedness to nature and our sense of wellbeing, the project explores how deeply we know ourselves in relation to the places where we live and where we walk.

A development of Fevered Sleep’s Above Me The Wide Blue Sky, An Open Field was inspired by the inaugural State of Nature report (2013), and made possible with support from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. It celebrates the unique and diverse habitats that make up the UK, and the people and other things who live in them, is one of a series of artworks created by Fevered Sleep that explore landscape, nature, weather and climate.

It’s an invitation, a map, a landscape. And it’s for you. To walk in. To wander.