A home is the space we occupy in a house. The roof and walls are only defensive barricades. The positive aspects of homelife manifest themselves in the negative spaces. A building is woken to its purpose when occupied. Architecture needs activity before it can be mindful and humane.
Environmental art serves a wider community. It can prosper plants and animals as well as humans. Art making in nature stirs the pot of local ingredients, recombining elements in ways previously untested. Wild things are opportunists; it’s programed into their DNA for survival. When something new appears in the landscape, ecologies respond. An environmental art work is breeding ground for creative adaptation. Its ultimate use is left up to the invention of its inhabitants.
While constructing The Hollow I watched a fisher make its way along the snow-draped stream bordering the work site. Its thick fur coat rippled in the sunlight as the stealthful creature silently moved from one crevasse to the next in search of prey. I hope next winter it will take a peek in The Hollow, for that would be a sign the work was truly home.
Many thanks to Archie for partnering up with me, in sub-zero wind chill, to put The Hollow together. Robin and David have invited me back to share expressions on their land for three decades, now. There are no better friends and allies.