Built Environment

The built up environment we live in is built upon another environment from millennia past. Shells of living creatures in the surrounding waterways literally became part of the new built environment; burnt to provide lime for mortar to bind bricks into buildings. Shellfish, once a dietary staple of the original inhabitants, supplied a new industry and livelihood to the invaders. Today they continue to offer culinary pleasure for locals and visitors alike.

The composition of the work represents the interdependency of humans and nature. The geometric steel structures refer to the human-made and the shells represent nature. The mesh holds the shells in place efficiently, much like in farming, but also creating an all too familiar geometric aesthetic. The blocks are arranged to capture a sense of play; an unexpected chance encounter between human and nature.

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