Who is to fund contemporary landscape (aj 2.4.98)? If the hlf cannot fund a scheme because it is 'too modern' - and its remit seems clearly to suggest that it does not stretch to providing money for new landscapes - who can? If an exceptional reworking of a battered old park - but with enormous potential - cannot find Lottery money, then something has gone very wrong. Can't the Arts Council reconsider the definition of public art; surely a landscape such as Kathryn Gustafson proposes is art in action, with water, colour and form?
In the Netherlands, the making of new parks, together with the careful repair of old ones, is a strong selling point for energetic municipalities as they compete against one another; they help to generate new business, new residential development, a new image. The dcms might care to take note as it ponders the environmental remit of the New Opportunities Fund.
Former director, Landscape Foundation, London WC1