sorry to go back to the previous article here, but being my area of interest and all i can't help but find more ways in which it's bollocks (i may well just do a blog post), this one actually illustrates ezinra's point nicely...
It's also not that difficult to make art sound shit by selectively quoting the marketing bumph. If art could be reduced to just a few lines of prose puffery, well, we wouldn't need art.
ross clark's article...
In Scotland, an artist is busy cutting down trees to create a football field. It will be used to play two matches between teams of immigrants to Britain in order to celebrate diversity — before the pitch is abandoned so the trees can grow back.the project's website
At least this artist doesn’t appear to be claiming to be exploring ‘issues of climate change’. But he would certainly do the environment and the public purse a favour by leaving his chainsaw at home.
Craig Coulthard’s Forest Pitch arts project will create a full-size football pitch hidden within a forest. Commercial trees felled to make space for the pitch will be used to create goalposts, a shelter and other infrastructure on site.
In summer 2012 Forest Pitch will host two football matches. The participating players will be made up of amateurs from across Scotland, who have taken up British citizenship since 2000. Spectators of the games will be members of local communities and schools, the players' families and people involved in producing the event; a significant number of tickets will be made available to the general public. The intervals between matches will be filled with performances and music forming a unique sporting and artistic event.
After the games, the site will be left to grow back naturally, with some native species replanted to encourage a more diverse environment. The shelter will remain as a simple documentation space and observation point, to witness the gradual reclamation of the pitch by the natural world.
This major commission aims to encourage debate about national identity, the natural world, sustainability, the nature of collective memory and the benefits of sporting participation. It will act as a small-scale mirror to the London 2012 Games
so it'll actually end up as an education space with facilities, extending the life of the project over many years. seems very thrifty really, still, clark would be dissapointed as it turns out it is
promoting an understanding of all that terrible environmental science he so dislikes.
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double blog! what does it mean?