Author Archives: stevemessam

About stevemessam

Artist, designer, curator and rural activist

sights and sounds

Like all my pieces, ‘Whistle’ started off as an idea – the sound of steam engine whistles echoing around the landscape and making a journey from town to wilderness. Making it happen is a very different thing. A lot of … Continue reading

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Testing Testing….

After a successful initial test on site last month, we’re now going ahead with a much larger test on the 23rd April. There will be seven whistles over a two mile stretch of the old railway line starting above Lochearnhead … Continue reading

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Whistle

So, after all that walking, reading, talking and listening we’ve decided on a final piece from this residency. Something that brings together all the strands of thinking I’d been doing and packages it up in a nice little packet. Something … Continue reading

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Boulder

There are so many different directions I could take this residency in. The problem with amassing so much information and losing yourself in a place for such an extended amount of time is that you find so much stuff interesting. … Continue reading

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Background

This residency has three key stages to it. First up was the research stage. This was the bit where I spent big chunks of time living in the park and exploring my chosen corner – mostly going for walks, taking … Continue reading

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Trees

It’s been a while since my last post. I’m back in Cumbria now and only popping back up to the park for the odd day or two to get things done. From the outside it may look like things are … Continue reading

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Fairy Stories

I like stories. Landscapes are full of them – lying one on top of another like the geological strata. Uncover one of them and you reveal the traces of many more below, but all add up to the rich narratives … Continue reading

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