A sculpture exploring the relationship between art and nature will be unveiled at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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Photo credit: COURTESY OF JONTY WILDE
Photo credit: COURTESY OF JONTY WILDE

Silence – Alone in a World of Wounds, a sculptural installation by Studio Morison, will be on display at Yorkshire Sculpture Park from Saturday 5 June, coinciding with World Environment Day. Exploring the question “Can art save us from extinction?”, Heather and Ivan Morison have developed a work that aims to create a connection with nature and inspire positive public action in response to climate change.

Photo credit: ORIGINAL CONCEPT ILLUSTRATION BY HEATHER AND IVAN MORISON. COURTESY OF THE ARTISTS
Photo credit: ORIGINAL CONCEPT ILLUSTRATION BY HEATHER AND IVAN MORISON. COURTESY OF THE ARTISTS

Taking the form of a circle, Silence – Alone in a World of Wounds acts as an extended open pavilion and quiet space set within the flora of the open-air gallery. Forged from the Earth using materials including timber, thatch, paper and living trees, the architectural sculpture is informed by research from the Nature Connectedness Research Group at the University of Derby.

Set within the birch-trees alongside Upper Lake at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, over time, the work will become part of the landscape, gradually decomposing, leaving only a slight indent and remanence of a ring in the ground. As the title suggests, Silence – Alone in a World of Wounds is designed to create an area of calm contemplation for visitors, who are invited to pause and connect with their surroundings.

For members of the public not able to travel to Yorkshire Sculpture Park, a digital moving image is being produced, giving audiences the opportunity to experience the space from afar. Studio Morison will also collaborate with creatives to stage a performance within the installation, details of which will be revealed later this year.

Commissioned by the Oak Project, a not-for-profit partnership with Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the University of Derby, the installation is the first of a series exploring the relationship between art, nature and the observer.

Over the next five years, the Oak Project will look to build on this relationship with the natural world through works of art intending to motivate public action.

‘Silence – Alone in a World of Wounds’ is at Yorkshire Sculpture Park from 5 June.

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