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.
"The problem of contemporary sculpture and the garden is one which has rankled in my mind for years. It is usually resolved through a process of inversion-that is turning it into sculpture in the garden as against garden sculpture. By that I mean the sculptor takes over the garden as an open exhibition gallery, of which the focus is their creation, to which the world of nature merely provides the frame.The Idea that sculpture is a contributory element to an overall'mise en scene',in which, sometimes its role may be incedental rather than central, has been lost.In this we have seen the betrayall of the great tradition of garden sculpture, one which was unashamed at being decorative or delightful." Sir Roy Strong
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