In a hospital. Don’t worry, it’s a ceramic head pot, part of the Fusion exhibition at the Royal United Hospital, Bath.
I was ably assisted by Tony, the man in charge of Art displays at RUH, who said, ‘I don’t usually spend my working day with my hand inside someone’s head…’
We had to move a heavy concrete plinth from one side of the courtyard to the other, tip it on its side and put a coach bolt through holes in both the ceramic pot and the concrete plinth. Then I could fill the pot with peat mixed with perlite, and plant the sage. It should be visible from the corridor, and this courtyard is accessible to the public, which is what I wanted. It’s opposite the entrance to D1, and will have a label soon.
I would love to make a whole series of these, perhaps for next year’s show.
Other artists were installing their contributions with Fiona (Student co-ordinator of Fusion exhibition) further down the corridor, so I went to see what they were up to. They had turned a dingy courtyard into an aquarium using mainly recycled materials:
Finally I headed off to meet up for lunch with another artist friend from Bath Spa, Viv Meadows. She took me to see the latest incarnation of her ‘Tiny Tent’, outside All Saints Church in Farmborough: