We are Butlers or the Fading Line

on Tuesday, 18 December 2012. Posted in Art

So this weekend two immaculately dressed gentlemen walked from Salisbury to Corsham. They navigated by Victorian maps and carried nineteenth century measuring equipment and a valise. They are butlers and they are staunchly polite and resolutely gentle; they traversed the county with altruistic offers of service and indispensible advice on all matters domestic.

Now you may be wondering why such a singular event took place in Wiltshire, and there is a short and long answer (if you’ll pardon the pun). The short answer is that it was a part of a contemporary arts festival called FLINT; and the other answer is that it was homage to the artist Richard Long.richard long

A line made by walking...

Richard Long was a pioneer of land art and in 1967 he was hitch hiking across county when he found himself with time on his hands at the roadside in Wiltshire. He entered a field of grass and walked up and down in a straight line to create a mark upon the landscape; this was amongst the first in a series of works that Richard created using or manipulating the physical environment to create an artworks. He called this work,

A Line Made By Walking. If you would like to find out more about Richard Long please visit his website:

The Butlers chose a somewhat longer field for their work to be performed and what better place than Wiltshire, which is replete with the marks of human endeavour and creativity, from the monumental henges and enclosures to the White Horses and the more humble footpaths. If you would like to find out more about the Butler please visit: http://www.wearebutlers.co.uk/ or follow them on twitter: https://twitter.com/WeAreButlers

Peter Tyas

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