People came back on the Sunday bursting with ideas (personally I'd had nightmares about being buried alive !!).Some had dreamed of rainbow serpents and others about herb spirals. So the result was to include both ideas into the project which added extra pressure to get the wall finished in time, but you can't squash creativity. So at one end of the wall was sculptured a head and the other end became a herb spiral tail.
We still needed to complete the overall height so we had 3 groups working. One group on the head, one on the tail and the third on building higher...
The bags go on around the arch and a rock found in the garden is positioned as the key stone.
On go the bags over the arch. They have a small amount of cement added to ensure stability. The once again tamped down.
The snake head taking shape
Remember the buckets from the last post. They were removed to produce peep holes.
Then we rendered using fatty sand, lime and cement.
peep hole. Has the shape of an eye don't you think!!
Notice the difference in the texture here with rest of wall where wire was used. here you are able to see outline of bags.
Some finishing touches.
On Sunday evening we went to Sydney to listen to Mike Reynolds talk about Earthships..... more building with Earth. I can feel some earthbuilding projects at Purple Pear coming up in the not too distant future. Make so much sense.