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 work was built on a sloping field of approximately 85 degrees [I:7m] The diameter of the circle was 15m across, the circumference being approximately 50m and the width of the walls were 1.80m. The internal supports were of 10mm steel reinforcing bars of which 200m were used. Four wooden posts were used to set the height of the work. Lines were then used to join each post at this height and then lined up by eye against the horizon of the sea. [This was something I used to do when setting the lines for stone hedging]. The highest level of the work was 2.3m and at the lowest 0.5m. I had intended to run the upper most and lowest part of the work straight into the ground but on experimenting I found it was too inconsequential as it meant just laying a few sticks on the ground. I raised it by 50cm to give it more body. This resulted in a slight sweep up ward from the mid way point. A doorway of 1m was left at the top of the work to access the space within. When people came to visit the work throughout the construction process and over the open weekend I would invite people in for look a round. It was very much like inviting people into your home for tea.
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