‘And The World Changed’ [ATWC] is a Story Log, long-term, outdoor installation set across a 1/4 mile riverside, walking route in Tean, a semi-rural village in the Staffordshire Moorlands, UK. Taking direct inspiration from the natural world, ATWC uses 6 large logs and 6 smaller size logs. The larger logs are worked on one of the cross sections, include a brass plaque, engraved with poetic/lyrical text, accompanied by visual art rendered through pyrography and decorative hardware. The text imagines the recent period (2020-early 2021) of the Anthropause from the perspectives of the animals and wildlife who inhabit the locale. The ‘making’ of ATWC runs from Nov 2020 to March 2021 with installation from the end of March 2021 – this is a long term art installation for the village and this webpage will be updated if the logs are ever removed or replaced.
Free parking is available on the Council car park on Old Road (ST10 4EG). This is next to Well Meadow Gardens where one of the six large logs is situated. From the car park, look for the Willow trees by the river (this is Well Meadow Gardens) and discover the trail along the river from there, crossing over the High Street, into the recreation ground and around the back of Tean Hall Mills.
‘And The World Changed’ aims to create a doorstep, cultural offer that reflects on the recent period of stilling and slow down we have been experiencing. As we oscillate between ‘old’ and ‘new’ ways of living, ATWC provides a creative lens to reflect on the ways we interact with the natural world; inviting us to consider what ‘could be’ in terms of our relationship with the natural world and meditates on the idea that ‘there are other ways of making worlds’.
Some thanks are due: P.D. – chief go-to technical adviser and ‘my car is full of logs and stuck in mud’ helper; AWD Tech!; Garry P., man of steel, Mark P., man of trucks, Frank, man of bear-like strength; Ken, man of wood, Dave, man of the rescue mobile (and Steve B.); Tean Parish Council, Tim Coates of Taylor Wimpey Midlands; Jang at Precision Water Jet; Star of Serbia for much encouragement along the way; Southport Engraving for excellent service.
In fond and loving memory of George and Nora Dawson.