Gatton Park

Taking The Air

February - August 2017

This residency was inspired by the 18th-century landscape designer Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown who created a park in the  Surrey Hills in which people could take a leisurely stroll, enjoy the picturesque views and experience the health benefits of fresh air. 


During the six-month residency, the variations in air quality around the 260-acre estate were observed.  The humid stillness of the Japanese garden was contrasted with the cool breeze sweeping over the lake and rising up to the Parterre (in front of Gatton Hall) where birds of prey would hover on the updraft.

Exploring the changing air quality around the park

Humid heat of the Japanese Garden

Reflected heat of the Rock Garden

Cool air in the woodland

Updraft from the valley

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