After lots of cutting the National Trust volunteers and staff, have cut lots of furze ready to be bundled into faggots. This has been part of their heath land management for this area and provides the main bulk of CUT/STACK/BURNs’ material. We are doing this now and have already got 50 or so faggots of about 8ft in length and 3ft wide. The access is tricky as it is a fair way from the nearest track so there is a fair amount of carrying to come. . I estimate that we will need something like 150 to complete the installation at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens.
Weather report: [I am an anorak]
It’s been really excellent weather this week! [ talking about and watching the weather has become very obsessive] no wind - still in fact- a rare treat and no rain – which is good as the ground won’t get so churned up when we take the faggots out. It’s been warm too, I saw my first Red Campion today and the furze is getting ready for a vibrant display.
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.