The Common is imagined as an extension of residency for those already in Lewes, East Sussex. Rather than place, residency is treated as an act performed by those that will come to occupy the site. The Common is for all in Lewes, and to all those that choose to visit; it is as much their’s as it is anyone’s.
The resulting space is conceived as an architectural landscape garden, specifically in reference to the 18th century, as a means for a continuing conversation with ruin. The landscape is formed of a single piece of furniture, a continual surface, table, stair through which acts of residency are performed.
People may come here to walk, to sit, to grow, to harvest, to cook, to study, to make, to protest, to play, to eat, to learn, to retreat, to meet, to talk, to listen, to watch, to reflect, to write, to draw, to contemplate, to wash, to alleviate, to drink. Others may come here too, to nest, to spore, to germinate, to pollinate, to fruit, to shed, to rot, to puddle.