The focus of the two year residency is to document the changes taking place at Crookedstane Rig, South Lanarkshire,due to the creation of the Clyde Wind Farm. Three of the two hundred and nineteen turbines are being sited on Elizabeth Robert's land, Crookedstane Rig.
Crookedstane Rig is a Sitka plantation, and the coming of the turbines heralds the felling of the Sitka and huge earthworks to site the vast turbines.
So far I have visited Crookedstane Rig, as part of this residency, six times. During each visit I have photographed extensively throughout the plantation, and sketched and painted as I have walked over the land.
14th to 16th November 2010, was in snow. Due to the snow the wind farm site was closed which gave me access to areas I had been unable to visit in October. The scale of the turbines lying in the snow is impressive.
In March the turbines were up, although without their wings so they looked like fists. There are so many of them. They remind me of Pink Floyd's "The Wall" video as they stride across the landscape.
August now, and the wings are on and wirling - it is very impressive. I was worried it would be noisy but it is not. There is a gentle rushing sound but not that disturbing.
For more information about Elizabeth Roberts and Crookedstane Rig please have a look at www.crookedstane.com
For more images from the Documenting Change Residency please see Elizabeth Roberts photo albums on her Facebook page
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