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.
Sunday, 29 April 2007
The Guys a farming family from Morvah, involved from the very beginning in not only the harvesting but the construction as well. They were fascinated by how I had taken an unforgiving natural material from a wild environment and brought it to a place with a parkland feel to it and how I had handled and tamed it. On there final visit to the work to assist in the final stages of construction they began to see other uses for it aside from fuel. One idea I that I found of interest was a proposal to use it as a wind break as dead hedging material to protect less hardy crops. This would then be recycled as fuel when the growing season was over. Also a crofting couple from Kelynack helped me clear furze from a would-be vegetable plot.
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