THE INSTALLATION took visitors through different sensorial experiences to explore the conversation between humans and the natural world through five different sections of the park. A metal cube wrapped in tree branches; clay pots hanging; water dripping; human-made works sink back into the earth. The Cube invites the public to engage with the ephemeral in the cycle of life, following the flow of water working its way through human-made objects. This transformed natural resource will eventually turn to mud, its original state, at times unveiling traces of capitalist ruins.
The visual projections on water and on foliage are a collage of images that speak about the Anthropocene whilst also referencing St. Ann’s Well’s heritage, namely George Albert Smith, a film pioneer and lessee of the land who ran a film studio in its grounds between 1897 and 1903.
The sounds being produced by a percussionist amongst the trees emulate nature and echo the dialogue between human creativity and music-making tools, evoking the full potential of the human transformation of natural and cultural resources.
A section with a symbolic fire will introduce the public to the ecopolitics of the installation. The underlying message of promoting a more empathic relationship between humans and nonhumans appears written on pebbles and bones. You are encouraged to suggest your own analogies for a parallel universe where you inhabit a different body and see the world from a different point of view.
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