Site-specific intervention in Pine Hill Park, Alfred, New York (2002).
(Dying maple tree, indigenous mosses)
This series emerged out of my walks up Pine Hill in Alfred, New York, during which, I discovered a dying maple tree that was so completely hollowed out that my body could stand within its cavity. This particular tree seemed to hold the last vestiges of a sacred power, almost extinguished through neglect. In wanting to recharge the tree's life force and to enhance the sacredness of this site, I coated the entire cavity with moss.
Other trees with smaller hollows evoked the notion of caves or portals. In European lore, hollow trees were believed to house powerful druids and spirits or were said to offer a magic portal to the fairy realm. In many stories, a hollowed-out tree serves as a place to hide from the elements, or from where one might overhear secrets.
Site-specific intervention in Parc de la Gatineau, Québec (2004).
(Maple tree, indigenous mosses)
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