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.
"All my life as an artist I have asked myself: What pushes me continually to make sculpture? I have found the answer. art is an action against death. It is a denial of death. " Jacques Lipchitz 1891-1973