CUT/STACK/BURN was a visual platform for developing debate about the absence of sustainable approaches to the management of land and our natural resources and our ideas about current relationships with non sustainable energy sources in an age of climate change. The durational project used the performative re-enactment of furze cutting - a traditional but largely redundant heath land management tool - as a starting point. The harvested furze was cut using hand tools from heath land sites on the Lizard and West Penwith from December to February. The material was gathered by people from rural communities and the National Trust as part of the existing management plans. The hard won harvest from this demanding and unpleasant process was then bound into faggots and stacked to dry in ricks at Coverack and Morvah. At the beginning of March 2007 the faggots were transported to a hillside site at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens near Penzance. The dry faggots were laid out, ready to be worked into a large circular steel rod support structure that referenced the form of an industrial fuel storage container. On completion the work was destroyed by fire at 6.00pm on the eve of British summer time 25
thMarch 2007. This contrasting final stage of the project was influenced by the flicking of switches, the pressing of buttons - power on demand - and our collective estrangement from the need and means to acquire our own energy at first hand and of how difficult, mundane and time consuming yet satisfying this activity can be. It was intended to spark debate about wasted resources and reflect on how we consume energy ourselves and its implications for the environment.

Dimensions: 2m wide, 2.5m high at its tallest point and 15m in diameter.

The CUT/STACK/BURN project was the first in a group of landscape based works created specifically for a year long residency designed to respond to variety of issues and environmental pressures experienced on the properties under NT management. It was funded by ACE and supported by the NationalTrust, the HEATH Project and Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens.

Bruce Davies. January 2008.

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