‘Be Kind; Be needed; Be loved’ was the final work in my three residency at the Barn in Banchory, Aberdeenshire. The work is in three separate sections that run in total for some 9 metres in length. It has been installed in the Barn until the autumn 2018 when it will be permanently fixed to the outer wall of the site; most likely the beautiful granite wall of the evolving walled garden.
As part of this first phase of the work I stood holding each text intern at the side of a busy road. The work is a kind of mantra for me which, in sharing it, becomes a moment of conversation and reflection.
Bizarrely, on the day Ann and I arrived Theresa May, on her election campaign, visited a community hall a few maters away from where we were staying. The community were taken by surprise as her visit was listed as a children’s party in the community hall’s calendar. And so it was that May’s visit folded into the content of my work.
I could not help but hope these ruling elites could think they could govern with ‘Be kind Be needed Be loved’ at the core of their strategy.
video: Graeme MacDonald