A functional remediation eco-artwork, 200-foot long, meandering through a wooded park. Invasive vegetation was removed (over two tons), and replaced with the important indigenous shrub, salal.
The wattles were hand-sewn of jute and stuffed with straw. Poetry (in English) and the word for "salal" (in eight languages of Pacific Northwest Coastal indigenous tribes) were also hand-stitched into the wattles.
Eventually the salal will grow back and the wattles will decay, becoming mulch and nesting material for the resident flora and fauna.
Addresses the restoration of both the woodland ecology, (the indigenous shrub salal) and the social ecology (use of the indigenous cultural languages to name the important shrub salal).
The poem reads: "Salal grows in the darker places, Like love, and, like love, Takes hold in the shadows"
Languages of these cultures are included: Tsimshiam, Haida (Skidegate and Masset dialects), Haisla, Makah, Quileute.
12 in x 12 in x 200 ft (height x width x depth)
approx: 0.3 x 0.3 x 60.96 m
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Peter de Sausmarez.
Its fantastic, I have spoken to the artist today to congratulated him on his work. Its in place in our garden and my family are soooooo thrilled with it, he certainly is a clever guy and very talented. I know we will get many more positive comments throughout the summer and can only say a very big thank you for the opportunity to own something that we would not think of having.... [Read more]
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