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This work is one in a series of four models that Long made at this time. Two of the works were realistic miniature copies of locations he had physically mapped out; the other two represented imaginary sites. This piece is of an imaginary site on Dartmoor. Even though craft and imitation had been jettisoned by this generation of students, Long displayed a virtuosity in combining traditional materials with untraditional subject matter. While Long normally used natural materials situated outdoors, here he reconsiders the process by replicating the natural landscape for the studio or gallery environment.

May 2007