There’s a dramatic and moving open-air art exhibition entitled “Hard Rain” at St Martin’s in the Field, London. The exhibition, by photographer Mark Edwards, is based on the lyrics of Bob Dylan’s song “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” written in response to the Cuban missile crisis in 1963. Mark Edwards has cleverly adapted Dylan’s apocalyptic message from nuclear melt-down to climatic wipe-out. I wonder what Dylan would make of it- his protesting days are long gone and he has devoted the last 45 years to making music and money.
It was interesting to see echoes of our own “Hard Rain” artwork here at Yewbarrow House. Alan Ward’s carvings are an ironic reference to our own damp climatic conditions and the fact that the sculpture garden looks out onto the Heysham Nuclear reactor.
I photographed Mark Edwards’ pictures and my daughter Joanna has used the photos to compile a slide-show accompanied by Andy Hill and Renee Safier’s version of A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (Sony blocked Dylan’s version when we tried to put it onto Youtube- what did I say about the great man’s attachment to money?).
Below, are photos of some of Alan Ward’s “Hard Rain” carvings.