In early February the harvesting of furze will begin in earnest. This will be done with the assistance of conservation agencies/volunteers and farmers. The furze will be stacked into ricks [stacks] to dry and later transported to Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Penzance. In march the construction of an installation will begin with help form a number of schools. It will be a team effort of carrying, bending and binding the furze into the art work and will resemble the outline of agricultural buildings and related landscape features like haystacks. In the mean time through December and January I'll be constructing furze ricks on various harvesting sites spread across the Lizard and Penwith. The position of these will be announced as the project progressess and will be able to be seen on site and via images on this blog.
Project outline:CUT/STACK/BURN is a performative re-enactment of a redundant rural activity - furze cutting for domestic fuel (or gorse outside of cornwall). The project uses art installation as a platform to develop a visual conversation about the implications and absence of sustainable approaches in the management of land and its resources. Our current use of energy in an age of climate change becomes a focal point and pivotal issue in this visual debate.