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
In the middle of the lowest section and highest point of the work I left a temporary gap of 3m. I did this for two reasons. It was difficult to judge whether or not I had enough material and that being the tallest section would consume the most furze. I reckoned that I would be maybe 10 faggots short the amount that it would take to fill the gap. After a few calls to make sure I could get hold of some more furze cut around the same time I pressed on with constructing the second half. The other reason was that it acted as a fire break. In reality fire would more than likely have jumped that distance or at least the heat would have ignited it. But it seemed right to incorporate that that kind of thinking or approach in construction as it mirrored the procedure used in creating fire break control on heath land. As it turned out my estimations regarding material was bang on [to my relief] and instead I chose to use green furze in flower to emphasise this reference to a fire break.
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