Common Places

An exploration

It started with a question mark, a second look at the landscape, then a personal dialogue with a landscape I am familiar with and a conversation with the language of landscape and how we perceive the world around us. The landscape around us, it is a fantasy, a fiction, the suburban green belt dream.

The romantic style of landscape still aspired to, harking back to a time before, taught us how to design magnificent outdoor spaces as well as the smallest family garden. It taught us how to achieve beauty with the simplest and commonest of means: the landforms and vegetation everywhere surrounding us; but has it brought us closer to nature?

Common Places is an exploration of everyday spaces, car parks, roads, recreation grounds, gardens, areas we inhabit. Here are the lamp standards, park benches, dog waste bins, fences, radio masts, bollards, signs and other street furniture. A tour unfolds of modern monuments to our present culture that amount to a pattern of tokens and traces.