I came across a paradise that left me disconcerted; I had turned up at the right venue on the wrong date when on my left I saw a designed set of lines that curve round a square space. A main pathway forms a complete swirl in the shape that plans the edges round a garden while straight connecting lines point to a plain bird bath at the gardens central point; these straight line-breaks connect to the curved path; the breaks in the line bring peace to a busy town.
The path’s curving arc’ style of relaxed lines contrast with the straight ones; these are half the width of the curved garden path, straight thin paths act as a short cut to the central point; a diversion from the curved pathway.
A trellis on the left aims to camouflage an abandoned building that was a restaurant.
The grainy textures within the pathway lines create hazy rough surfaces, the gravel is fixed; no lose gravel can get into the tall grass borders.
The grasses add a softening effect to the path line borders. The vertical lines of the grasses break the curved paths edge; lines spring up and cascade down structuring the grass’s shape, their colours are muted; too colourful and the garden would lose the sense of peacefulness; pale yellows for the tall grasses, and two green lawns where children can play.
The smooth stones are each no bigger than the next and evenly spaced equally made of natural stone these own the same curved line as a curve in the swirl pathway, and each stone is uniform in size; kept simple with their straightened backs; some moved for aesthetic reasons.
On first sight all the stones face one way like an expectant audience, then I see a handful facing towards them introducing names and dates that are inscribed plainly; signalling the combination of a social engaging garden; a liminal space that is a work in progress to evoke child’s play, where people can walk and sit; the combination of garden and burial ground.
The trees in death are dedicated to someone as are the benches except for the one I am sitting on under a tree while experiencing this. The space is enclosed by a right-angle wall reddish brown brick.
‘Fallow’. Kerry Jones. 2014. A Quaker Play/Burial ground, Northampton, UK 1830-present.
FALLOW TEXT AS PART OF NN CONTEMPORARY PROJECT SPACE EXHIBITION 2013