Before and After is a proposal for an outdoor
work designed site specifically for the Jerwood Sculpture Park.
The sculpture park lies immediately downhill from the extraordinary
ruins of Witley Court and the skeletal remains of the buildings
dominate the area's skyline. Before and After uses the park's
views of the Witley site as an integral aspect of the work.
Pushing up through the lawn which
runs down to the Front Pool, a rocky out-crop emerges. At a distance
it looks almost naturally formed. Walking closer, and moving around
the sculpture, the silhouettes and floor plan of the piece are
seen to match perfectly with the proportions of the Witley Court
Ruins. Created via careful cutting and placing, the work produces
the illusion of a geological formation which just happens to have
formed and worn in this uncanny shape. Sited in compass point
alignment with the Witley ruins, the sculpture proposes both an
emerging descendant and a decomposing ancestor of the building