October 8, 2013
This is sort of a visual status report of the project at Woodwynn Farms 🙂
The blackberries are tenacious but so is Deryk! In the first photo you can’t see the wall at all. The second photo (shot from the other direction) shows the ground almost ready to be mechanically ploughed. Apparently then, with plantings of trees and grass or herbs, and LOTS of maintenance, the blackberries will eventually stop trying to return.
Here’s the Kickstarter link for those who are able to contribute (and receive a reward that could be a tree named in your honor, artwork, etc.)
September 26, 2013
Today’s local newspaper (The Times Colonist) has a great article about Deryk and Sam… and the Woodwynn labyrinth/sculpture viewing project:
Hope this article motivates people to help out via the Kickstarter initiative. We are extremely grateful to the people who have already contributed – there are 19 days left for the initiative so we’re hoping more people will see this and respond over the next couple of weeks:
and, regarding the Times Colonist article… here is Deryk’s statement in reply to the Central Saanich Councillor who mentions her concern is that the project is “in line with the Agricultural Land Commission’s non farm-use guidelines.”
I certainly agree with Central Saanich Coun. Alicia Cormier that Woodwynn Farms should make good use of the farmland and that is why my work on the farm supports that idea by making sure that every facet of this project is about the edible plants. The first and foremost thought has been focused on the idea that food will be the experience. The area chosen for the site has been an unused portion of the farm that is now going to be put to productive use by growing herbs,fruits and grains. I believe that people will see the interesting sculpture as the background scenery and serve as a draw to attract people who will enjoy the fruits of peoples labour.
I grew up on a farm and I was always dazzled by the art I saw forming before my eyes as a tractor cut the hay and left beautiful creative lines across the field.
The world famous Yorkshire sculpture park, set on farmland in England recognizes these beautiful relationships between life, people, art and farmland. I hope this work will do the same for everyone here in Central Saanich.
Deryk Houston – artist
Here’s a “before” picture that I took a few days ago. Working hard to clear up those brambles….