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I spent one month as artist in residence & workshop leader at the ‘Comma’ community arts Project. I spent the time engaging the community in an environmentally aware project and had amost daily drop in workshops for them to make a forest of paper trees constructed from recycled book pages taking the material back to its origin and depicting the shapes of some of our native trees. Throughout the month the forest steadily grew and became a large hanging installation. On the open evening at the end of my residency I caused deforestation and replaced the indigenous trees with a forest of spruce trees for the evening.
Community Project and Exhibition Statement
When Britain’s native trees are chopped down they are usually replaced but often it’s with non-native faster growing species. Our trees are beautiful and nature’s pattern is being wiped out and redesigned, often being replaced by faster growing trees such as spruce. It’s not just their beauty that we’d miss though trees absorb carbon dioxide and older trees often store large quantities safely away and as carbon dioxide is probably the largest contributor to Climate Change these trees could help save our planet.
But deforestation means the carbon dioxide is released into the air, which adds to our problem of Climate Change and could cause irreversible damage to planet. This isn’t the only problem it’s causing, they often house wildlife who’s survival is dependant on that particular species of tree.
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