Mackinnon-Day worked with six local people who “own” spectacular private panoramic views of these six historically important Iron Age forts that overlook Helsby, Woodhouse, Eddisbury, Kelsborrow, Beeston and Maiden Castle. The soundscape accompanying the time-lapse films is based on field recordings completed at the six hillforts.
She negotiated with them to access their land and make these secret places public. Presented in High-Definition video of evolving landscapes through the seasons. Created using time lapse cinematography, these short films remind us of the enduring nature of these ethereal, mysterious ancient monument sites, that date back to the Iron Age. Patricia MacKinnon-Day is an artist living in Chester, who has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally, and has been commissioned to create significant and ambitious contemporary art works. She approaches her work with the spirit of investigation, teasing out the clues, to past and present human activity. Private Views Made Public has been commissioned through Cheshire West and Chester’s Habitats and Hillforts Landscape Partnership Scheme, funded through Heritage Lottery Fund. For further information about the Habitats and Hillforts Landcsape Partnership Scheme please visit http://www.habitatsandhillforts.co.uk/