NATURAL POETRY PROJECT

Inspired by the National Museum Cardiff’s exhibition ‘Uncommon Ground: Land Art in Britain 1966-1979’, land artist Anne-Mie Melis invited visitors to think about their experience of the arcades and contribute a word to the floor-based word cloud, using natural materials like willow, branches, pebbles and stones to construct each letter. These words were then photographed and printed live in the space, to be added to the wall-based cloud, from which a land-art inspired poem began to emerge.

The combination of natural materials and poetry was inspired by the work of Artes Mundi artist Tim Davies, together with the sculptural landworks of Richard Long, Tony Cragg, David Nash and Ian Hamilton Finlay, many of which could be seen on display in the Museum’s exhibition.

In the chilly Morgan Arcade
Cold magical ground reflections
Taste like thrilling rugby pie!

Diffused family sparkle,
History’s linear footfall,
Fun, lively, busy,
She shops in lush anticipation
Of twinkling Golau Nadolig.

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