Topophilia, An Archeology

Topophilia, An Archeology

Amy-Leigh Bird

I am interested in the concept of place and the importance it has to people. 

The work I present here is an emotional representation of a place that I find to be particularly therapeutic and to hold great significance to me, The River Kelvin, Glasgow. 

Taken from Yi Fu Tuan's explorations of Topophilia: 

Nature yields delectable sensations to the child, with his openness of mind, carelessness of person, and lack of concern for the accepted canons of beauty. An adult must learn to be yielding and careless like a child if he were to enjoy nature polymorphously. He needs to slip into old clothes so that he can feel free...’ 

The concept of Topophilia - the love of place– has given me a theoretical basis for my practical work. Through prolonged periods of time spent by the Kelvin River, I have explored what it means to develop an attachment to a place, to appreciate the various, and especially the overlooked aspects of that place, and to explore the therapeutic benefits of having done so.