When the weather in this country is sunny and warm, it feels natural to be outside. So today I took a pair of gardening gloves with me and made a sculpture out of fallen branches.
I knew that I wanted to make some sort of tower. In my mind I imagined a square arrangement of branches that stacked vertically to create a cube. But when I found a suitably quiet corner of the wood and began constructing the stack, it didn't feel right. I rearranged it to form a triangle. Then overlapped it with another triangle. And so on.
As the stack rose, I found myself using smaller and smaller branches. Partly because I had already used the big branches within reach, and partly because it became more difficult to balance branches on top.
Eventually the shape of a star appeared at the top. Looking down into it, I thought the space below should have something special in it. I couldn't think what. All around me were tiny flowers. I picked a few handfuls of them, enough to created a colourful centrepiece without impacting too much on the flora in the area.
The result is a modest piece of land art: Star-shaped Stack of Sticks. It's a temporary sculpture that will no doubt tumble to the ground before long. I wonder if anyone else will see it before it does...
Richard Pettitt, cartoonist.