John Brooker, a 75-year-old retired fan-maker in Norfolk, England, has spent 10 years patiently sculpting a hedge into a 100-foot-long dragon, complete with a massive pair of wings, six sets of legs, flaring nostrils and pointed teeth. We love the dragon and especially love Brooker’s reason for doing it, found in this succinct 50-second clip. With little ado, it totally sums up the creative process.  (Video link HERE):


His words remind us of Anni Albers’ quote on listening to materials:


Sally Schneider
Sally Schneider

…Brooker took his cue from a 20-foot-high hedge, which became his art material/medium. His tools: a hedge clipper and…

Dragon Hedge  2 Damien McFadden

…his energy.


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