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Erika Tan

permanent installation in The Forest of Dean


In-Situ is a permanent commission now sited within the sculpture trail in the Forest of Dean.

The work consists of a series of land works, implanted cast iron bamboo artifacts, 'aggressive' bamboo planting scheme and a series of cast iron 'instructions' for audiences.

In-Situ is a permanent work in the Forest of Dean. Made through responding to the forest during a residency, In-Situ explores the possibilities of intervening in or 'augmenting' and 'enhancing' nature, history, the social fabric of localized mythologies, and received narratives. The landscape of the Dean is littered with references to the past activities (ritualised behavior) of the individuals and peoples living in and passing through the area from slag heaps, to roman open cast mines, ammunitions hide-outs, deep under ground mines, drainage systems, forest paths, boundary markers, timber plantations, roads, canals, dumped burnt out cars, ponds and lakes made and maintained from various reasons. Phase one has been to add, reflect, respond, adapt, appropriate, change and remove through the performative gestures of digging, dumping, scraping and compressing the land. Further phases in the work have concentrated on 'diversifying the arena' through a planting scheme of bamboo, the introduction of cast iron bamboo and other incidental artefacts which act as 'clues' and developing a sense of 'continuous histories' or lived archaeology through the additions of instructions for ritualised performative acts which visitors to the forest are at liberty to act out.

Commissioned by: Sam Wilkinson, The Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust and the Forestry Commission

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