If only walls could talk / Eyes on Stalks
Through FRED, walls, silent witness to history, stare back unblinking.
Thousands of visitors have admired and stared at the landscape, oblivious of the inhabitants that maintain a discreet wall of silence, understanding and observing more than the tourists realise.
A dry stone wall studded with eyes, catch the car lights; referencing both cats eyes in urban roads that bring the tourists and carve up the land, and the eyes of sheep unnervingly caught in headlights in remote parts of the countryside. Others, dwarfed by the landscape, blend unobtrusively with the moss.
See it at The National Trusts Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel at the head of Great Langdale, an awesome, seeming cul-de-sac, in the heart of The Lakes, a traditional meeting place for walkers, climbers, holidaymakers and locals, providing welcome refreshment, conviviality and a respite from the elements.
Eyes on Stalks
When visitors first came to The Lakes their eyes were out on stalks at the savagery of the landscape, without realising that the inhabitants’ eyes were out on stalks at the antics of the visitors. Things have changed since Wordsworth and Coleridge strode the fells
Like small rare flowers, and easy to miss, a strange crop of eyes stare at walkers en route to look at the view. Others catch car headlights, like the cats eyes in urban roads that bring the tourists, and mimic the eyes of local livestock.
“Eyes on Stalks”, dwarfed by the landscape is in the area around the top access to Aira Force, a beauty spot now farmed and protected by The National Trust, and en route to a FRED installation by Kate Brundrett.