A circle of nine seats made out of the remains from a wood chopping competition
underneath the shade of five branches collected from dead trees.
Special thanks to assistants: Ken H + xx.
Marco School pupils travelled 20 km by bus as an afterschool activity to visit THIS.
This is a variation of our work "House of Worship" which was also a circular arrangement of seating intended to create a 'space' for community spirit.
Participants sit facing each other and the space in the middle serves as the place for communication or interaction. The canopy above and around was a shelter, a symbolic container, and a pattern to be seen against the sky.
Five branches planted into the ground were intended to create a dynamic relationship with the nine seats.
The numbers five and nine also figure in Islamic and Baha'i cosmological systems. The number nine symbolises unity in diversity or a global consciousness, while the number five (sometimes represented as a five pointed star) is a symbol for the individual.
This work uses recycled wood. The branches were from dead trees and the stumps were from a wood chopping competition. They were due to be burnt.
The natural setting and the way the tree canopy has been brought down to the people makes a strong connection to the environment.