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Alec Finlay: two fields of wheat seeded with a poppy poem

Offsite Project

1.3. – 1.12.2006

The Festival of the Sowing | Sun 26 Mar 2006
Alec Finlay uses the natural environment as his canvas, creating sometimes subtle, sometimes dramatic interventions to explore our relationship with nature. In Milton Keynes the artist, in collaboration with The Parks Trust and Garden Organic, created two one-word poems in Campbell Park, spelled out in poppies, in two wheat fields. Placing the cultivation of ancient and contemporary hybrid wheat varieties directly within the heart of the city (particularly Milton Keynes), can be seen as both provocative, raising contentious and immediate environmental issues of the day, and romantic, harmonising the urban with the natural.
A series of Festival Day events took place Mar-Dec 06.
All events took place in Campbell Park and were free.


Festival of the Harvest Early Sept, date tbc
Festival of the Mill Sun 8 Oct | 14.00-16.00
Ford End Watermill, Ivinghoe
Visitors could watch the ripened wheat being gathered in the Festival of the Harvest. Then on 8 October 2006 visitors were able to see the harvested wheat seed being milled into flour at Ford End Watermill. There were opportunities to take part in the yourself and cryptic crossword puzzle were available from the information desk. Clues could be found on specially made bird boxes on trees within the park. A free artist’s postcard was available at MK G’s Information Desk.



Related media and links

Press Release  PDF


Alec Finlay
Two Fields of Wheat Seeded with a Poppy-poem