photography Galerie Christian Scheffel

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The installation Field Guide for Western Europe, was featured in Blickachsen 6 at the Kurpark, Bad Homburg. This collaboration with the German poet Arne Rautenburg included cryptic crossword clues in German, on the theme of birds, inscribed on nest boxes. Field-Guide featuring twelve nest boxes is installed as part of the award winning string of pearls, Dysart (Fife). A postcard guide is available from the visitor’s centre in the harbour. Other Field-Guide installations are located at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (West Bretton) and Campbell Park (Milton Keynes). A publication collecting together Field-Guide and a new project featuring embedded clues on the names of trees is currently in preparation.

credo (paper-boat) was presented in Lincoln in June as part of the Churches and Rivers Festivals. For credo Alec has adapted Stevie Smith's famous line, ‘not waving but drowning’. The project is open to anyone to contribute to. An animated version of credo is available. Credo duets, published as poem-cards, were given away from three Churches; while, at the Rivers Festival (June 9, 10), Alec collaborated with Alex Hodby on an installation of credo poems floated on origami paper-boats. If you would like to contribute to this credo then send a verse on an A4 page with your name and address, or email your contribution.

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