Four Baskets of Fruit, Flowers, Nuts and Crayfish

These moulded cement baskets placed along the path to the upper pond represent Fructidor, the month of the French Revolutionary calendar that marked the beginning of harvest time. In keeping with its reverence for the pastoral, the names of the days of each decade, the replacement for the week, were Eglantine, Hazelnut, Hops, Sorghum, Orange, Goldenrod, Maize and Chestnut. Every fifth day of a decade was named after a fish or animal familiar in the daily life of the countryside, and every tenth after an agricultural implement, here crayfish and basket.

Cement, Cambridge Carving Workshop, c. 1992