irene rogan

june 10 132


Head Heart Hand Harold Martin Botanic Gardens - University of Leicester

Environmental Installation

'Primordium' (from the ancient Latin word meaning 'first beginning' or 'origin') an interactive, site specific work commissioned for the Head Heart Hand International Exhibition at the Harold Martin Botanic Gardens, University of Leicester. It is inspired by the botanist's use of bamboo canes, labelling and the application of Latin for plant classification. labelled and containing text from the Old Testament to identify and define an architectural space that may be entered by the viewer. Additional labels and pencils are available, with the audience invited to add their words to the installation. These words have been collected, recorded; a see selection of messages in the two slideshows below.

This piece forms an extension of long term concerns with the parallels to be found in human condition and architecture, the way in which humans adapt the landscape to suit individual and collective needs, both physical and spiritual. ‘Primordium’, as a site specific installation, particularly addresses issues of permanence and impermanence through the fragility of the materials and the temporary nature of its physical existence in this location. Labels bore a record of the responses to the piece; illiciting both humourous, poignant and profound messages.

Primordium 4m x 3m x 3m bamboo canes labels attached and pencils and labels for participation
below a collection of the llabels at the end of three months exhibition

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