diligent observation
yorkshire sculpture park. 2011

Proposed Meadow Intervention at YSP
Two meadows, square in shape, to be planted at YSP: one entirely of yellow flowers, one entirely of blue flowers.
Each meadow to be approx 1 acre (4,000 m
The two meadows will be separate from each other
Research shows that newly planted forage areas greater in size than 0.25ha (0.62 acres) are big enough to have a positive impact on bumblebee populations. Wildflower meadows are the most important habitat for bumblebees as they provide flowers throughout the summer and contain many nectar and pollen rich plant species favoured by bumblebees.
Meadow habitats also support a great variety of invertebrates, birds and mammals too: honeybees, solitary bees, moths, butterflies, spiders, beetles, damsel and dragonflies, ladybirds, hoverflies, grasshoppers, ants, worms, mice, shrews, voles, moles, birds (e.g goldfinches and kestrels) bats, foxes etc.

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Imagined Meadow 2
Screenprint, oil paint, pencil crayon, pencil on paper. 2011. 105 x 85 cm
Photo of screenprint by Jonty Wilde

Yellow flower list:
Yellow Rattle Rhinanthus minor
Creeping Buttercups
Ranunculus repens
Meadow Buttercup
Ranunculus acris
Lotus corniculatus
St John’s-wort
Hypericum perforatum
Potentilla erecta
White Clover
Trifolium repens
Common Toadflax
Linaria vulgaris
Autumn Hawkbit
Leontodon autumnalis
Anthyllis vulneraria
Meadow Vetchling
Lathyrus pratensis

Blue flower list:
Meadow Crane’s-bill Geranium pratense
Centaurea nigra
Tufted Vetch
Vicia cracca
Red Clover
Trifolium pratense
Marsh Thistle Cirsium palustre
Field Scabious
Knautia arvensis
Russian Comfrey
Symphytum x uplandicum (or Green Alkanet Pentaglottis sempervirens)
Prunella vulgaris
Harebell Campanula rotundifolia

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Suspended Disbelief
Scale model showing potential meadow sites at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Grey board, perspex, wood, paint, map pins. 2011.
65 x 105 cm

YSP letter 01
Letter from YSP explaining why there is no area on the 500 acre Bretton Estate to accommodate the proposed meadow intervention.

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Letter on display along with seeds, soil samples and other research material

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Gallery views of Diligent Observation 2011

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Wall of Dead Bees
Dead bees installed within one of the gallery walls.
Collection includes virgin queen honey bee, worker and drone honey bees, various bumblebees.

click here to see the development of the meadows in Everton Park in Liverpool in 2012

Yorkshire Sculpture Park website

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