Drawing

The surveyors party took 3 men, 1 woman photographer, 6 posts, 1 can of surveyors' paint, chalks, ribbons, stencils and salt, the tithe map of 1840, the most recent CIS location equipment to map and mark out the line and route of the canal, and two days walking. This involved the marking out of the canal route from Masshouse Lane, past the canal tunnel entrance then working overland to the Hopwood tunnel end. A number of devices were used to mark the route ranging from: painted posts, chalk lines on grass, blue ribbons, salt, surveyors' spray (blue) on surfaces with W&BC stencilled out, and measurements above sea marked to recognise the constancy of the water level on the canal running below and underneath open and public spaces. So, Hawkesley Square sits at 39 feet above the water of the canal below.

The Blue Line was planned and marked out over the two days before setting out a major drawing across Hawkesley Square on 11 August. This self-standing event marked out on the surface of the square the layers of site information available to cover land use, ownerships, tithes, boundaries, the field names and numbers that the canal passed underneath when it was built, canal depths and route, tunnel measurements, and a composite drawing of the canal as it passes underneath this principal public space in Hawkesley. On the next day we met with 50 local residents to Walk the Line, and to engage with the Haiku poet and collaborator, Paul Conneally to record and then mark out views of the walk, the event, the day, the moments, the connections between places and people, memories and the future.

Mill Pool Meadow Brook Leasow Spoil Bank Piece The Sling

Ground Second Lower Ground Home Meadow House

dark clouds i'm glad i'm not walking through the tunnel sweetheart don't wander off the path a blue pram on a blue line ' canal steps

dirty water green trees and fruit the cool breeze these stones are very slippy a line of '/, - - , - . , • disappearing voices frothy black knapweed

this walk is mindblowing white whispery clouds no i'm not worried now about my shoes a red rose my baby brother ethan *

don't worry we're not going without you having a walk and having a talk countryside and water

suddenly it's really quiet the wind blowing two very tasty blackberries

a burst blue balloon by the footpath rustling leaves "the ripest blackberries just out of reach

if you fall in you'll get eaten by an alligator

a woman asks us to wait while she changes her daughter

she offers to lend her mum a cropped vest and a tankini

peace and quite the chatter of walkers behind me a little girl rubs her leg with dock leaf a kissing .gate by a whitewashed cottage blackberry flowers

from bioningham to western i was 2^1 and he was 29 it wasjovely whe$ I'm down i always pick myself up agaifi wheat field t just imagine '• we eat this the sign says 'dogs running loose'only a chicken terracotta earth the feel of biaded grass on smooth legs

the haiku poems were written in response to the summer walk along the line of the canal, along with snatches of chat, thanks kath priest, yvonne littlehales, sam priest

Yob colbourne "kerry littlehales les littlehales lucy, val regan, sue mathews, frances stowe rita fletcher Christine ambre bruce some have been published on the walk surfaces with paul conneally, nov 2007

a queue to climb over a stile long grass i hope nothing's climbed rup my trousers, ;

a boy trailing his arm through a patch of nettles