THE DEEP WEALTH OF THIS NATION, SCOTLAND
WE WERE CONTACTED AS SOMETIMES HAPPENS, ON BEHALF OF AN ARTS CENTER CALLED THE BARN, ANNE DOUGLAS AND MARK HOPE WERE WONDERING IF WE WOULD COME TO SCOTLAND AND DO A WORK, MAYBE ADDRESSING FLOOD CONTROL.
We said yes, then maybe, then seeing that the Dee and the Don watersheds join at their outfalls on either side of the city of Aberdeen, and that the local farming had interfered with the floodplains of these rivers, we wrote back saying let us do a work for the Dee and the Don, and let the Dee and the Don tell us what to do. So as we often do, we requested a cessna flight over the rivers to really see these watersheds and photograph.
So the twin watersheds then became as a model for a larger vision we have developed called, The Deep Wealth of This Nation, Scotland. The guiding narrative for this initial large scale is a poem. As is typical for our work, it functions as an initial guiding metaphor for thinking and inspired the generation of this imagery.