I had originally intended to make a completely sustainably resourced work.
It had to have a support structure of some kind inside it and for this I had planned to use thinnings from woodland management activity on the Penrose estate, Helston to create a wooden scaffolding around witch the work would be built. The more I addressed the issue of sustainability the more unattainable the concept appeared to be. I would need to travel to site using oil based fuel, as would the majority of every one else, and the transport of the materials would rely on it too. I decided to explore the contradictions of this as a more potent discussion point relevant to the concepts of the project. A sub-title for the project [‘Sustainable sculpture in an age of climate change‘] emerged during the development stage of the project and was part of this exploration. This was intended partly to be a question as much as a proclamation, and as mentioned previously, the inclusion of steel rods in stead of coppiced poles helped investigate this.
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.