5 Christmas trees in a tree- January 25th 2010
This is the second half of my christmas tree series- In January I noticed the huge number of trees that were littering the streets around Finsbury Park and Archway in London. The pieces are about creating a greater public involvement with waste, which is documented through the films I created around them. Suspending them from living trees in public spaces was both a method of reinstating them in the mind of the passer by as something artificial but also beautiful in a slightly sinister way.
This piece, hung between council flats in Archway more directly looks at the public involvement with the sculptures- which was something that I hadn't managed to catch on film in Forest Hang. the public reacted very positively with the piece- which was intended to be more shocking than the first hang- directly referencing the act of mob-lynching. These trees were alive and are now dead and made refuse, at the hands of families celebrating christmas. Although this act seems like one of the most benign aspects of human environmental destruction- the sheer mass of these trees is also the most obvious and direct example of how average western humans interact with their surroundings. The unjust death of humans, as suggested by the reference to mob-lynchings is transposed to the trees. Added to that as a testament to how people interacted positively with the project, Charles, who helped me hoist the trees and gave me a second rope when mine proved too elastic- was actually the caretaker of the block of flats. He and all the other passers by were not told of the project before I began.
thanks to- Charles (help with hanging), Annie (help with sound)
hanged at Wedmore Street Estate, Archway.