Field Trip: 3

Everything we see is temporary…

Everything we do as humans is built onto our landscapes. Be it our heritage, the motor car bringing individualised freedom, roads built to accommodate said freedom or simply loading bays for shipping cargo, all the things we create will undoubtably leave their marks behind for generations and generations to come.

We are dependant on the car and this has built our modern day environment through such an economy reliant on four wheels. Even since the Roman time their creation and use of the road is still used in our day to day life as we drive over A roads across the country, just as the roads we have built in more recent years shall scar the landscape for thousands of years to come. We have long used heavy concrete structures to physically alter the land around us to benefit our daily needs, with little consideration for the consequences on the topography of the land and future disintegration (or lack of) for our future generations (with an industrial landscape and global culture that relies on primarily boats for intercontinental exportation and importation). Be it physical boarders such as roads, fences etc or enhancement on natural boarders such as rivers, there has long been division between cultures and countries through the use of exploiting the environment to mark boundaries relevant for that moment in time- how long it stays there is another matter. Excluding gradual defacement from the elements, little if any damage is done to the modern day industrial structures we are scattering across the land for our own current demands- bridges, the national grid, pylons, power stations etc all shall forever be parts of our visual landscape from this day forward.

We were once a great nation, with our own infrastructure and leading technologies, however, the landscape of economics, market force and commodity moves on, as does everything else in the landscape. Everything in our environment is cause and effect, everything is man altered despite the myth of the “untouched english countryside” (even lush rolling hills are used in the farming industry and maintained with that in mind) and everything is evidence of the past, present and the future. Through the landscape you can see Britain’s social fabrics with it’s lack of vision and ambition- building things too small or with only the weeks ahead in mind rather than years. Such things are visual metaphors for our post industrial failure, mismanagement and collapse of the empire- none of these are negatives, simply facts that can be witnessed across the country on the scars that we have left behind us as passing visitors on planet Earth, led by the arrow of time, marching on till eternity.

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