A new road through a traditional English rural
landscape presents a number of problems which can be solved
responsibly. Approaching this from an artist's point of view will give
- Not only the new road, but also the sections of A354 road to be removed could be
taken into account - perhaps leaving a section as a form of
historicizing land art.
- Study the necessary elements and develop their visual impact to
complement the surroundings and not to impose the new elements on the
- Although is is not may aim to introduce more than is necessary into
the new existing landscape, I do believe that there will be locations
in, and on, which a sculptural element will strengthen the visual impact
of the totality.
- It will also be possible to strengthen the characteristics of the
landscape by a subdominant behavior on the part of the designer.
- More than sporadically, sensitively emphasizing the fact that the
road cuts through a historic cultural landscape will be more respectful
to the existing environment than locally adapting it to the new road.
- Incidentally introducing sculptural elements at a farther distance
from the road could draw attention the the quality of that landscape.
- Reacting to the existing situation(s), including discoveries made
while building the road, must be motives for the artistic contributions.
- Even correcting disturbing existing flaws in the road environment can
be a task of those responsible for building the road.
- Artistic or sculptural accompaniment of the road should be uniform
unless a specific situation calls for a counterpoint.
- The motorist's experience is as important as that of the viewers away
from the road. The difference is the angle, speed and timeframe through
which an observation is made.
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