A rosary is a traditional rose garden.
Here, in the gardens of Castle Park, Frodsham, the trellis are formed from new-made oak ladders, pace Nietzsche's famous saying: we each have a ladder inside.
The texts combine embedded poems, composed with 'rose' concealed within them – thus Cicero makes his appearance, twice – circle poems, and one-word poems.
the rose colours culture
colours culture the rose
is an open
tangled in this
but no leaves
glory follows virtue
as sun draws
This artwork was created a few years ago now. The roses are maturing and the ladders gracefully ageing. The poems are weeded regularly.
Photography: by Hannah Devereux, 2014
Ladders: Tim Kendall
Workshop: Ken Cockburn
With thanks to Luke Allan
Commissioned by Castle Park Arts Centre