Marking Time

Jo Naden


Location: The Severn Valley Country Park. Shropshire.

Commissioner: Highley School, Bridgnorth. Bridgnorth D.C.
local stone & pebbles
Marking Time - by Jo Naden

Eight schools respond through their geographical locations to the River Severn Valley and consider the following:-

Alveley/Highley Schools: bridging Worfield: water forming Albrighton: plants Ditton Priors: stones St Johns/St Leonards: reflections Sheriffhales: nests.

I worked with each school for two days, from February to August 2007, an on-line diary kept all informed.

Marking Time - by Jo Naden

It concluded: – “We marked time with our visits and questions of how the place came to be, we considered the history, geology, plants, animals and people that brought this place into being.

Each one of us came with our own biography, and in so doing we left the Severn Valley and ourselves changed. There were many relationships that could only be glimpsed through the long layers of time, however one aspect that was acknowledged in all our meetings was the sheep.

Marking Time - Jo Naden - visual artist

‘Where are the sheep?’

From hunter-gatherers to building dependencies, life patterns had evolved around the fire hearth. Together we marvelled at meadow ants, flowers and grasses; British landscape made possible through our relationship with sheep.

Marking – Time is a simple monument to acknowledge the complex journey humankind and sheep have made together.



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Commissioner: Cure Leukaemia
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