Flat Top Rocks

 2017

Sandstone Boulders

Dimensions Variable

Client: Countryside Properties ltd

 

There are 8 Flat Top Rocks, one group of 5 and 3 stand alone stones. They could be the remaining fragments of a larger structure, or simply a craggy reminder of the previous inhabitants of this new settlement.

They were inspired by the mysterious standing stones and stone circles dotted around the British Isles and Europe. The historical purpose of arranging stones into groups and/or standing them up continues to provoke much debate, they are usually associated with ancient religious ceremonies. What is clear is that they persevere as silent monuments to some of the earliest creative efforts of mankind.

The Flat Top Rocks are part of Bridging the Gap, which combines several installations by two different artists across a large new housing development near Horsham.

Will Nash has installed three different stone elements across the Wickhurst Green development site. Each one is inspired by evidence of extensive settlement across the ages (going back as far as the Mesolithic period), discovered during the archaeological investigations carried out during the early phases of the new development by Archaeology South East  (ASE) for Countryside Properties.

To develop ideas for the project Will Nash collaborated with ASE and Hands on History (experimental archaeologists) to work with 80 students from Shelley Primary School in Broadbridge Heath, activities included: The handling and evaluation of artefacts found during the archaeological survey, Stone Age hunting, gathering and cooking, Iron Age battle tactics, and Neolithic fauna sculpture workshops.