26 and 7 bones was an arts project on the Jurassic seabord of West Dorset in collaboration with artist Sally Watkins and 16 people who use their hands (27 bones) and/or feet (26 bones) to work, navigate or investigate the Dorset coast, including a freediver, embroiderer, coastguard worker, sculptor, blacksmith and foot surgeon.
Through research, conversation, skill exchange and both a physical and metaphorical approach to engaging with the landscape, the project articulated the conjunctions and exchanges between the physical body and the landscape – the ‘and’ of the hand.
A public event with visual, sound and creative presentations by the artists and project participants at the Salt House, West Bay, Dorset was part of Earth Festival 2012 and was in partnership with PVA Labculture.
The project’s many threads folded into a ’26 and 7 score’ played on a music box: a distillation of the contributions made by our 16 participants, integrating human activity with the timelines of the Jurassic Coast, through a series of mathematical processes undertaken by Sally.
Full documentation is on the project blog: 26and7bones.wordpress.com .
photo: Sue Palmer