London Fieldworks: SPONTANEOUS CITIES & PLAYFUL LANDSCAPES
Bird & Bug Boxes: Chudovo Birch Plywood
Chaise Lounge: Birch Plywood, Printed Vinyl Fabric
Metamorphic Table: Aluminium Frame, Birch Plywood, Black Oxide Steel Balustrade
London Fieldworks' Spontaneous Citys are sculptural installations drawing on ecology and biodiversity.. The installations are constructed from several hundred bespoke bird boxes mounted in trees and reflect the forms of the surrounding architecture.
The Spontaneous Cities are temporary interventions in the trees reflecting the local architecture, a metaphorical interplay between the condition of the animal and the human. As well as being open to occupation by urban birds and insects, Spontaneous City can also be read as an allegory of population crash and dwindling biodiversity.
National Trust, Clumber Park, Worksop,Nottinghamshire
The Leopard - As was the fashion amongst the aristocracy in the 18th century, and perhaps with the intention of creating a menagerie, the 4th Duke of Newcastle took possession of an exotic animal - a leopard. The animal proved unmanageable however, and was eventually further displaced to a london zoological garden for the advanccement of science and education of the masses.
London Fieldworks' leopard, embodied in the style of fine regency furniture, rests in the branches of a large oak tree in Clumber's pleasure gardens, serving to remind us of the lost habitat of the Newcastle Dynasty and increasingly that of its own. Members of the public are invited to experience The Leopard from the steps of a metamorphic library table.
Spontaneous City in the Cedar of Lebanon
Clumber's missing house, displaced from its original footing in 1938, has been atomised by London Fieldworks, re-imagined and reconfigured to wrap around the high branches of a Cedar of Lebanon as an artwork open to occupation by local wildlife. Cedar of Lebanon trees appear throughout ancient history, used to build temples and palaces, and like the leopard, were a symbol of power and prosperity.