Jonathan built his installation, 6m x 3m, in the back half of St Serf’s Episcopal Church, Comrie, opening to the public from Saturday 3rd – Wednesday 7th September 2016.
Two hundred people visited during that time. A sample of comments in the visitors book read ‘Special and uplifting as ever’, ‘Wonderful to see such stunning work. Hair raising.’, ‘Superb!’, ‘Excellent exhibition’, ‘Beautiful!’, ‘Absolutely lovely!’, ‘Really enjoyed paintings’, ‘Fabulous!’, ‘Gorgeous work, set out beautifully’, ‘Deeply humbling!’, ‘Beautiful pictures, very detailed’, ‘Fantastic local wildlife. Great work and quality.’ ‘Hares and corncrakes – wow!’
The installation grew out of Jonathan’s vision of an ark to hold all his favourite British wildlife, some endangered, some not. This was his first watercolour sketch, of an ark with birds and animals inside and around it. He imagined an installation combining the wooden appearance of an ark and, for practical reasons, a shed.
To the original plans, Jonathan planned to add blank paper panels that he could draw, in charcoal, through the course of the installation.