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WS door knocker smThe more time I spend here, it is the materials of this Priory that impress themselves upon me, through touch, texture and through the act of recycling. Let me explain: recycling is a feature here and comes in many forms: the reuse of stone over the centuries as the building was converted from a sacred to a domestic space; the careful use of natural materials (wood, stone, metal) during its recent restoration by Landmark to preserve the older sense of time associated with Woodspring; and then most recently the reuse of some lead (it was stolen from the tower) into…nobody knows…perhaps melted down to make a new lead frog! Woodspring’s history is so much expressed through its materials, and in recognition of this to make an artwork inspired by this place it will need to involve moving materials on in some way, to continue the flow. Ah! An idea is forming….

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