I have just spent the last two days working with Queens College Junior School ( Years 3 – 6), creating an artwork as part of the Quartz Festival. This installation required over 7,000 teasels which were ‘planted’, in the lawn outside the main entrance to the school. My work last year required thousands of wild teasels, but this year the teasels are the true Fuller’s teasels (imported from Spain), which have hooks instead of spines.
The only rules regarding the children’s participation were that each teasel had to be pushed firmly into the ground and had to joined on to an existing one. The hooks enable the teasels to stick together like stickle bricks. This increases the strength of the sculpture and helps to prevent it from being damaged by wind and rain. The patterns, direction, words, and shapes all came from the children’s imagination. What can you see?