PANOPTICONS – Ribble Valley – 2005
NK projects: Jaspar Joseph-Lester & Nayan
"We propose to build a viewing wall. Our
aim is to approach it as a versatile and multifaceted object, not
simply a barrier or divide but a means for framing the existing
landscape. Additionally, the wall will act as a wind shelter and
bench, providing a range of possibilities and functions for visitors.
By utilising local stone, we expect the form to be a curious but
intrinsic element of the site.
'We were struck by the stunning view and the drama
of the quarry edge. As we moved around and discussed the site, it
became apparent that the changes in levels, the precipice and contours
were all playing together in our experience. The site can be enjoyed
from more than one position and in more than one way. The sense
of exposure to the elements and our desire for some wind shelter
also provoked us to consider a work that offered both.'
At its centre, in the hollow between the two mini-peaks
that the site enjoys, the viewing wall will determine the way that
the landscape is seen. A circular hole through the stone performs
as a viewing device. In this aperture we will suspend a lens. The
image that it captures [re]presents the landscape upside down. In
framing, inverting and doubling the view from this point we follow
the logic of the all-seeing panopticon. Just like the illusionistic
ceiling painting of the Jesuit priest Andrea Pozzo, the sky is relocated
into an image and spectacle.
The relationship of the wall to the lens has prompted
us to call this artwork neoSCOPE. The elements of the work shift
from subtle to dramatic orderings and framings of the vista. It
is this journey along the snaking form of the wall, above and below
its shifting level, that allows us to play with ordering, framing,
concealing and revealing the landscape."
Projects - Panopticons