Furze was harvested from heath land [or rough ground] and was once a primary source of domestic fuel for cooking and heating in west Cornwall. The management of furze in this way was part of an ancient and traditional method that ensured extensive grazing for livestock. The cutting of furze provided a varied mix of plant and grasses which thrived on this management. It was also used as an industrial fuel used in tin smelting and for burning in lime kilns.
Source [P. Dudley, Historic Environment Service
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.