sarah Pimenta
West Sussex, England

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Story & Experience

As well as building large housing estates that are eroding the countryside—since the pandemic in particular many people are also building on their own homes, gardens and green spaces being replaced with extra structures, gardens being replaced with concrete for ease or to provide driveways for more cars, each small space a loss for the birds, animals, insects, plants that grew or lived there.

Nearby there was a beautiful tree that was home to many birds, I used to love listening to them sing and chatter whilst I worked indoors with the window open. The neighbour removed the tree to create a drive for another car and I whilst birds still fly and sing by it’s not the same without the chattering flock that perched in the tree.  Due to necessary building work—a lawn nearby is now bare ground, cement dust stopping the growth of grass and plants – my act of beauty was an ode to the birds  in the tree’s and the plants that grew on the now bare ground –

Why this Place?

West Sussex, England

I am lucky to live in a small town that is very green surrounded by woods and forests in every direction.  In recent years more and more of the surrounding countryside is being eroded to make way for new housing developments which change the views of trees to views of rooftops. 

Act of Beauty

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It felt right to make a bird for those that no longer live nearby, made from leaves from the plants that border the barren area and to create whilst walking barefoot on the hard earth where once there was soft grass.

This is small personal offering this year but it is a metaphor for all the bigger devastations of land that are happening in the surrounding areas.


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