Surprise View, Hathersage
Charles Monkhouse - Intermediate Commission, 'Meander'
Charles is an artist living and working in the Peak District. Recent projects include the award winning Sites of Meaning, marking the boundary of Middleton and Smerrill; Companion Stones, compeers for the Derbyshire Guide Stoops run for Arts in the Peak in partnership with the Peak District National Park Authority; Simultaneous Contrast, a project on colour for the Derbyshire Festivals; and Night Stations, a series of residencies and light installations in Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Cumbria. He is a founder member and current chair of Arts in the Peak.
Charles proposed an installation, Meander, for re:place. Meander was a massive light installation, sited in the Hope Valley, and viewed from Surprise View above Hathersage. It was shown for several evenings in the spring of 2011. The installation recreated an earlier form of the River Derwent, still trapped within its valley sides but floating high above the current valley bottom. The installation was visible at night with up to 200 individual lights.