On Sunday 20th September I had the great pleasure to be invited to be a part of Harvest in the centre of Peterborough – A 70 x 7 Meal-Act XXXIX by Lucy and Jorge Orta and made to happen by Metal of Peterborough.
I don’t think I have ever (knowingly) been part of an art installation before. Here is the official video of the day.
The plates were a creation of real beauty in themselves. The colour duality representing the equinox when day & night/light and dark are in equal balance.
Mabon, the holiday of the autumn equinox, is associated with the Pagan ritual of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth, these include: cereal grains, honey suckle, pomegranate, pine cones, acorns and passion fruit, which have been depicted on the design.
It was an amazing experience, good food, good music, good conversation and good weather which has never made Peterborough look so inviting.
I will end with a few lines from an unattributed ballad from the late 1800’s sung fantastically by Robin Grey and just about everyone in Cathedral Square.
If all the land in England was divided up quite fair.
There would be work for every man to earn an honest share.
Well some have thousand acre farms which they have got somehow.
But I’ll be satisfied to get three acres and a cow