Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Forestry Commission England have unveiled an exciting new artwork at Alice Holt Forest.
Cosmos, a work by artistic duo Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt) is a spherical piece based on forest carbon dioxide measurements.
It is a significant new artwork and is the culmination of more than a year’s research and development by Semiconductor who have collaborated with scientists from Forest Research, the scientific agency of the Forestry Commission. Their work explores the material nature of our world. Through this piece they consider scientific data as a means of understanding the environment, and the relationship between how science represents the physical world and how we experience it.
The spherical piece is based on one year’s worth of measurements of the take up and loss of carbon dioxide from the forest trees collected from the top of a 28m high flux tower located nearby in Alice Holt Research Forest. The work will be situated a leisurely 20 minute walk from the visitor centre and will be open to the public for years to come.
Jerwood Open Forest was launched in 2013 as part of the Jerwood Visual Arts programme by Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Forestry Commission England, with additional support of public funding through Arts Council England’s Grants for the arts programme. The initiative invited artists working in any discipline to respond to the possibilities presented by the incredible landscapes of the Public Forest Estate. Two £30,000 commissions were awarded in February this year; the other was awarded to collaborators Chris Watson and Iain Pate, for their multi-channel sound installation taking place in Kielder Water & Forest Park in late October.
Cosmos is situated 20 minutes walk from the Alice Holt visitors centre, and is open to the public for viewing.
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