'Ash Maps'

Witnessing the demise of ash trees due to ash dieback.

Ash maps 1 sml.JPG
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Ash Map 3 sml.JPG

'Ash map 1-3', 2021
27x27x4cm
Bronze on painted wood with wood frame

Ash dieback is killing many of the trees around me and when it infects a tree it can destroy its structure, making it unpredictable and dangerous to cut down. For this reason, most of the ash trees lining the paths through my local woodland are being felled before the disease affects them too much.

These pieces come from me wanting to witness the destruction of these trees. The chainsaw marks on the tree stumps highlight the destructive power of man. Whilst these were felled by a conservation organisation for public safety reasons, they were felled because of a disease imported to this country by man, so we are directly responsible for their demise.

I took a mould from the tree stumps on which I drew maps of routes through the woods with crosses showing felled trees around the paths. I then cast these and mounted them on a painted background map showing the location of the woodland in which they used to stand.

Ash Map 3 detail
Ash Map 3 detail

Ash Map 3 side view
Ash Map 3 side view

Ash Map 1 insitu
Ash Map 1 insitu

Ash Map 3 detail
Ash Map 3 detail

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