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White Water Falls
Richard Long 2017

Richard Long is known for creating mud paintings, and White Water Falls in the colonnades were made in 2017. Find out more about them here.

Questions

Whilst these questions have been designed to be suitable entry points for Key Stages 1-4, we would encourage you to use the questions as broadly and fully as is appropriate to your group.

Key Stage 1
What shapes or figures can you see here?
Where are the waterfalls in Norfolk? Are they this big?

Key Stage 2
Which ‘Water Fall’ is your favourite and why?
Where is the water in Norfolk? What links them? (note: Aquifer = a body of permeable rock which can contain or transmit groundwater).

Key Stage 3
Change your perspective and see what the White Water Falls look like as a collective, as an individual piece and then go up close What you can see in the detail?
How would you create an invisible waterfall?

Key Stage 4
How does the formal setting of these works add to their resonance? What comparisons can you draw?
How does early flint mining in Norfolk link with this piece? (note: is it a representation of underground?)

HE/FE
How does the material contribute to a sense of liminality?

Back in the classroom:
Make your own ‘water falls’ as a class and write about what your work means to you. What setting would you choose and why?

The resources are below:

WHEN YOU COME BACK TO NORFOLK

When you come back to Norfolk
I’ll show you mud that’s mauve and indigo
and scabby as dried blood.

I’ll take you to see the silver wings
of windmills and turbines.

Clamps of sugar beet
higher than mountains.

Spears of sunbeams with angels
perching on them, playing trumpets.

Wild silk sheeting along the beach
and the slate tide turning,
when you come back to Norfolk.

 

by Kevin Crossley-Holland

 

NOTE: If you were taking Richard Long to see what is beautiful (and maybe secret) in your part of Norfolk, what would you show him?

Listen to an audio recording of When You Come Back to Norfolk, read by Amelie Evans.

CONNECTING US

As when, early, with dew thick on the grass,
a web of gossamer criss-crosses the lawn,
delicate as lace :

each waterfall here, created but never touched
(mud, energy and space), flows not only to the next
but home to us.

Begin here perhaps. Is this monster the child
of our own terrors, and our intolerance?
Is this quiver a ghost?

And is this the head of a dreaming, distant hill
crowned with trees, each branch still articulate
– oak and beech and ash?

Are these our own arteries, our tendrils
and nerves and cells and ventricles?
Such finesse!

Each waterfall seethes with sparks and star-splatter,
(accident and gravity). This is how we simplify
and coalesce.

And laying my words here on these lines,
let me make my marks but lightly,
and leave with grace.

 

by Kevin Crossley-Holland

 

NOTE: How much is art (of any kind) an act of intention and persistence, and how much an accident? Do you agree that each panel leads to the next?

Listen to an audio recording of Connecting Us.