Megasporangiate Strobili

As female cones ripen and fall, they release their memories to propagate the next generation
Megasporangiate Strobili
Megasporangiate Strobili
Megasporangiate Strobili
Megasporangiate Strobili
Megasporangiate Strobili
Megasporangiate Strobili Sketch

This is an audio installation consisting of pine cones from the Cedrus atlantica, Pseudotsuga menziesii, Pinus sylvestris and Sequioa sempervirens, halved, with headphone buds inserted. They broadcast sounds recorded over three weeks during Art in the Arboretum. The sounds ranged from a recording of the dawn chorus, complete with deer barking, to visitors playing in the arboretum, artists at work and talking about their work. The recordings were then played back through a series of MP3 players and through the pine cones, in the visitor centre, open every day for three weeks.

While at the arboretum I produced an additional work, Park Meter.

Art in the Arboretum, held in July 2009, was an international project organised by Art in Situ at The University of Oxford Harcourt Arboretum, Nuneham Courtenay, working with eleven other artists, some from France, Germany and Romania.