Begun in 1731, the Elysian Fields became the most famous part of the Stowe gardens.
They were based on the myth of Elysium, paradise for heroes of the Gods.
Here, in London Dada Work No 117, we dissect the myth and reveal what has become of
Cobham’s utopian dream, his admirable attempt to re-draw the English landscape, culture and
politics along idealistic and egalitarian lines – a 21st century stampede of the desperately
unhappy, the frustrated and the unfulfilled, trampling the Fields into mush, much as a herd
of unbridled cattle, in search of sanctuary through nature.
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