Harvest at Box Hill

In September 2018, Box Hill played host to an art installation by Mary Branson. Harvest, an exploration of farming practices, community and the ritual of gathering crops, was an illuminated artwork comprising 'hay bales' arranged at the foot of this iconic Surrey landmark.

Harvest by Mary Branson

Harvest, part of the Surrey Unearthed project, was an arts and community installation at Box Hill. Culminating in a community celebration of the landscape on 29 September 2018, the event included hand-held lanterns and traditional singing from choirs and a special calling event led by artist Alison Carlier.

In developing this project, artist Mary Branson explored the relationship of the local farming community to the land, the processes and rituals of harvest time and the impact of the changing climate.

Harvest was an illuminated artwork highlighting some of the unseen work that goes into shaping the landscape that is often taken for granted. Mary Branson’s installation featured sixty six ‘invisible’ bales – illuminated outlines, the dimensions of hay bales, arranged in the same formation used in farming across the lower field at the foot of Box Hill.

Surrey Unearthed

Harvest was part of a county-wide arts programme which linked ten projects to explore the natural materials found in Surrey.

Using mediums such as sculpture, installation, film, and writing, Surrey Unearthed celebrates the importance of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with its rich history of local industry, farming and culture.