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  • A Sense of Place: Sculpture in Grizedale Forest (1984)

    A record of the commissioning of artists working in the Forest over a number of years, plus essays on art in the landscape.
    Editors: Peter Davies and Tony Knipe. ISBN: 0904461858.
    Published by Ceolfrith Press, Sunderland. Out of print.

  • Arcadia Revisited - the Place of Landscape (1997)

    Examines debates currently shaping the landscape of the 21st Century, including essays by artists, academicians and theoreticians.
    Editors: Vicki Berger, Isabel Vasseur. ISBN: 1901033708. ISBN-13: 978 1901033700.
    Published by Black Dog Publishing.
    Tel: 0207 713 5097. Email: [email protected]


  • Artscapes - art as an approach to contemporary landscape (2003)

    The book attempts to show how landscapes produced by artists in collaboration with architects and landscape architects can alter the nature of a place, establishing a more intense dialogue with the user.
    By Luca Galofaro. ISBN: 8425218438.
    Published by Editorial Gustavo Gili. Tel: +34 93 322 81 61. Email: [email protected]


  • Benchmarks, Ideas in the Making (1993)

    Records the results of a design workshop, provided by Arts Council England and Southern Arts and undertaken by a group of artists and craftspeople who worked together to produce original concepts for outdoor seating.
    ISBN: 1874396035.
    Published by Arts Council England, South West. Out of print.

  • Earthworks and Beyond (4th edition, 2006)

    Contemporary art in the landscape. First published in 1984 and revised in 1998, this comprehensive book looks at the emergence of 'land art' and traces its evolution. In this journey the work of artists is investigated in both urban and environmental contexts. It also contains a comprehensive chapter on artists who have worked within design teams.
    By John Beardsley. ISBN-13: 0789208811.
    Published by Abbeville Press.
    Tel: +1 212 366 5585. Email: [email protected]


  • Land, Art: A Cultural Ecology Handbook (2006)

    Essays, dialogues and commissioned projects by artists, ecologists, cultural theorists, activists and curators exploring art's varied modes of response to notions of territory, cultural production and the emergencies of the 21st century. The book explores art?s varied modes of response ? from detached crisis commentaries to engaged activist solutions.
    By Jeffrey Kastner, Lucy R Lippard, Wangari Maathai, Cameron Sinclair.
    Editor: Max Andrews. ISBN-13: 978 0901469571.
    Published by RSA Arts & Ecology in partnership with Arts Council England.
    Available from RSA Arts and Ecology.
    Email@[email protected]


  • Natural Partners: Arts in the Protected Landscape (2006)

    This publication is designed to encourage those working in protected landscapes and in the arts to explore innovative ways of working together for mutual aims. It outlines the contribution the arts already makes to the rural agenda, illustrated with case studies that demonstrate good practice. Signposts are provided to funding sources and useful contacts.
    Published by Arts Council England, South West (ACESW) and the South West Protected Landscape Forum (SWPLF).
    ISBN: 0728712989.
    Available from Arts Council England, South West. Tel: 01392 229217. Email: alison.ramsay @artscouncil.org.uk

  • New Milestones: Sculpture, Community and the Land (1988)

    Documents the New Milestones Project in rural Dorset, involving local people in commissioning sculptors. Useful practical sections on how to commission, including model contract.
    By Joanna Morland. ISBN: 1870364031.
    Published by Common Ground. Tel: 01747 850820.


  • On the Beaten Track: Care and Maintenance of Sculpture Commissions in a Working Forest (1996)

    This report describes how the unexpected success of the artists? works commissioned for the Forest of Dean became a ?problem? causing demands on the site which required substantial development to meet them. It also looks at factors such as maintenance, health and safety and access amongst others.
    By Lesley Greene. ISBN: 1874396051.
    Published by Public Art South West. Out of print.

  • Strip the Willow (1997)

    An illustrated report about a practical workshop that explored the possibilities of woven and willow forms in functional, sculptural and ecological applications.
    ISBN: 1874396108.
    Published by Public Art South West. Out of print.

  • The River Parrett Trail (1995)

    Gives background information on the trail and leaflets on accommodation and attractions along the way.
    ISBN: 18999983309.
    Available from Yeovil Heritage and Visitor Information Centre, Hendford, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 1UN.
    Tel: 01935 845 946. Email: [email protected]


  • The Sculpted Forest: Sculptures in the Forest of Dean (1990)

    A record of how the project took shape, telling the story of 20 sculptures produced in this working forest.
    Editor: Rupert Martin. ISBN: 0948265043.
    Published by Redcliffe Press Ltd.
    Tel: 0117 973 7207. Email: [email protected]


  • Without Touching the Ground: Art in the Landscape (2005)

    Illustrated booklet describing a pilot scheme of four public art projects, commissioned by Northern Devon and Countryside Service, which aimed to explore best practice in commissioning public art to heighten environmental awareness for the public.
    Foreword by Lisa Harty; Essay by Jennie Hayes.
    Published by Northern Devon Coast and Countryside Service.
    Available from Northern Devon Coast and Countryside Service. Tel: 01237 423655.

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