my control
pickerings pasture, cheshire. 2004

Commission by Halton Borough Council to make a piece of work that would be sited on a wild flower meadow at Pickerings Pasture Nature Reserve.
The site is a reclaimed chemical dump on the banks of the River Mersey under the flight path of Liverpool International Airport.
‘My Control’ is a 5m x 5m wooden fence with a locked gate located on the meadow. Only I have access to the plot. There is no management of ‘My Control’ revealing how the meadow around it is highly managed to keep it in its ‘natural’ state.
In the first year surveys of the plot showed 37 different species of plant (including 12 species of grass), but this number is declining due to dominant species taking over. By the end of the first year there was already Aspen trees taking root.
Surveys were conducted by Owen Mountford the Leader in Wetland and Danube-Carpathian Research for NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology at Monks Wood.


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may 2004

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september 2004

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light boxes each 52 x 52 x 12cm
shown during
3 sites 3 artists at The Brindley, Runcorn

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the key to my control
fire call point, key 8.5 x 8.5 x 5 cm 2005

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