to reclaim the area for recreation and wildlife conservation 1. Does "to reclaim the area for recreation and wildlife conservation" mean in order to 1. make a recreational environment (park) and 2. enforce the wildlife of that area"? 2. I do not understand the two last lines of the context. Context: In 1997, West Berkshire Council gave Kippin a commission in the form of a year’s residency at Greenham Common, a massive US airbase near London that housed ninety-six ground-launch Cruise missiles and Europe’s longest runway. Sustained and powerful protest by the women’s peace movement had gained the site an international profile. The council acquired it from the Ministry of Defence in 1997 and embarked on a major programme to reclaim the area for recreation and wildlife conservation. The artist was to document the transformation and to develop work in response to the site. Kippin photographed potent details of the women’s connection with the site – for example, a patch of ‘darned’ perimeter fence. Here, a traditional female pursuit kept women out.
Sep 4, 2018 6:59 AM
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1.1 Yes. 1.2 'Enforce' is a strange word to use here, 'protect' or 'look after' would be better. 2 Darning was a traditional technique for repairing holes in fabric - typically socks, stockings and sheets - and it was women's work. The fence was made of wire and, ironically, a hole in it had been repaired by a similar method, though presumably not by a woman.
September 4, 2018
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