A gardener once told me the best way to catch squirrels is to hose them down with water. Their tail gets so heavy they can hardly move. You then seize that moment to throw a blanket over them and grab your humane rodent trap or shotgun, depending on your persuasion, to remove the furry vandals from your garden. Problem solved! That’s the theory anyway…
|follow the red path...|
|... and the blue one to the left,|
My current installation Panoramic Pathways at the Nottingham Castle Museum was damaged the other week due to squirrel activity. It seems one of the stitched pathways crosses over a squirrel super-highway and some sisal was gnawed. These furry foes hate change apparently and evidence of this on their patch is likely to be challenged. They stop minding after a year apparently, but that’s no good to me given the work is up for a couple of months only.
|... and swoop over,|
|then take a breather and enjoy the view.|
As the hosepipe method is not an option on the castle grounds, I went up to Nottingham and repaired the piece with Helen Ansell, one of the volunteers who originally helped with the making of the installation. Together we worked out the most efficient way of doing the repairs, exchanging tips and drawing/ writing these down as instructions for further reference. We’re now ready to take the bushy tailed vandals on!
|zig-zag your way along...|
In the meanwhile, posted here are a few images taken by John Hartley during the making and filming of the piece. I hope you’ve enjoyed the ride…
|... and finish with a flourish!|