Sunday, November 1, 2009

The Nine Standards and their 'facelift'.

Gouache on paper, 2002

I was watching the Julia Bradbury series of Wainwright's Coast to Coast Walk on DVD. It was really good to see so many places I well remember from my own walking of the C to C in 1999. However the 'tidying up' of the Nine Standards near Kirkby Stephen left me feeling a little dismayed. I much preferred them in a roughened up state of strange, weather-beaten forms rather than the neat and tidy, 'artistic' and sculptural arrangements that they are now in. Will humans never leave well alone!? You can see 'before' and 'after' aerial pics here.