Out of the box

I saw this subtly subversive work at Susan Rushton's blog and felt drawn to writing about reading its form.  Anatomy of Colour  by Sarah Emily Porter was selected for the 2019 UK National Sculpture Prize and was installed at Broomhill Art, Devon By subversive I mean how we see normally hidden building structure featuring in... Continue Reading →

Trees in Landscape

This post is all about trees in the landscape. It includes a variety of trees that Nigel's photographed in the UK and New Zealand. I've put it together in response to Leya's  Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #50 - Trees  with a focus on landscape because Nigel is a NZ-based landscape architect. --Ms. Liz, Exploring Colour All... Continue Reading →

Albany Street Kiora Peace Garden

Last Friday I was waiting for a lift on Albany Street Dunedin and found I was outside the  community garden- built 2017. This was a waste-land lot for many years and yet right opposite University of Otago Library.  It seems to be mainly recycled and upcycled things timber and concrete, there is a basic gravel turf... Continue Reading →

Nigel Making Plans For Spaces

An article newly published in Business South about Nigel's work as a Landscape Architect and his company Growplan - you can read it by clicking on the link below which will open up a PDF of the article. Nigel - happy making plans for spaces | by Richard Loader businesssouth Volume 26 Issue 3, page... Continue Reading →

Naturally Designed by Nigel [Reblog]

It was a real pleasure for me on Wed 6 Dec to accompany Nigel on a trip to Balclutha to visit the new subdivision named Plantation Heights with which he's involved through his company Growplan. Nigel is a Landscape Architect, based in Dunedin and actively working through Otago and Southland, and further afield by arrangement.... Continue Reading →

Giving Beauty Space and Time. Guest Post by Nigel Cowburn

Guest post that I wrote for the “Where and What is Beauty?” series on Exploring Colour -Nigel

Exploring Colour

Any aesthetic experience which leads to a loss of sense of self, a stepping out of time and just being – this is beauty to me. We speak of being absorbed in an experience and it’s as if our self – right down to the molecules – is blending with what we encounter.

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Beauty is as much about giving ourselves the time and head space to simply ‘be’ as it is about our surroundings being rich enough for our absorption. However our places don’t need to be very complex; a single tree shading an ordinary sidewalk suffices. Only yesterday walking during a hot Nor-Wester (a föhn wind) into the shade of a plane tree, there was a sudden stilling of time within the tree-space; I had to turn around and walk back in again to feel the coming together of filtered green light, soft foliage fragrance…

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