Archive for September, 2007


After several after school sessions spent researching the lost east gardens at Dyrham Park, the Monks Park crew make their first site visit. They have decided to embody the famous water cascade of over 220 steps through a choreographed routine developed with Lee Hurd. As with many who visit the site for the first time, the young women are a little daunted by the size of the whole site, and the steepness of the hill upon which they will perform their routine.

The Monks Park crew

The team gets busy and ideas start flowing like the water in the old cascade.

Lee explains how to recreate the cascade Monks Park styleĀ 

Ellis explains an idea -

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The experiments continue and more research is undertaken in preparation for the groups first visit to Dyrham Park the following week. The idea currently involves shinning blue light and projecting water-patterns onto performers wearing white boiler suits. These were made of paper, so Nathan is asked to find more durable cotton versions for safety and comfort.

white suits and yellow twirlies 1

white suits and yellow twirlies 2

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Project Neptune Lead Artist Nathan Hughes visited Monks Park School to introduce the project and explain that the aim was to recreate the lost east gardens at Dyrham Park. He emphasised that Heritage Lottery Funds Young Roots projects were led by the ideas of the young people involved. After researching the history of Dyrham Parks’ lost gardens and looking at examples of artists work for inspiration, the group focused on ways to represent the famous water cascade of over 220 steps which flowed down a hill from the Statue of Neptune.

ideas for recreating the cascade using movement and fabric – (video below)



using movement and fabric to find ways to recreate the cascade

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