Artists Heather and Ivan Morison have unveiled Mother, a thatched hut offering sanctuary and solitude in a Cambridgeshire nature reserve.
MOTHER… is a sculptural structure, a pavilion, that creates a new space in which you can contemplate nature and read or write within. It is inspired by writer Richard Mabey’s book ‘Nature Cure’, in which he recovers from severe depression through walking, watching and writing about the Eastern region’s beautiful and unexplored landscapes, and Heather’s childhood memories of visiting the landscapes of the Fens and the Wash.
Slender openings reveal that is is actually a shelter, inviting those walking in the wild fenland landscape to stop for a moment of pause and reflection. Heather and Ivan, who together lead Studio Morison, wanted to explore how the natural world might be used to improve people's mental health.
"The sculpture offers a space to reflect on troubling thoughts, as well as an opportunity to perhaps still the mind for a while by focusing on the simple material qualities of the work, and the changing nature of the landscape that surrounds it," said Ivan Morison.