Messam makes artwork on lawn of historic Lake District house

Landscape artist Steve Messam's latest installation Lawn Paper is now on the lawns at Blackwell arts and craft house in the Lake District until the end of the month.

Lawn Paper is a landscape etching on the formal lawns around Blackwell. The patterns, based on wallpaper designs by William Morris, are cut into the grass and coloured by selective shading from sunlight. Two patterns from either end of Morris's career extend the arts and crafts "encounter to the outside of the building, encouraging visitors to assess the architecture and how it sits in the wider Lake District landscape".

A pattern based on "Willow Boughs" is in the south lawn, while a pattern inspired by "Hammersmith" is on the West Lawn.

The piece has been created without the use of chemicals or powered machinery, entirely by hand over a three-week period. As a result the west terrace lawn has been allowed to return to its natural meadow state for the duration. It is expected that the pieces will grow out in about three or four weeks, depending on the weather.


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