Artist to Install Flotilla of Abandoned Fishing Boats in Bristol Woods
Luke Jerram, the controversial Bristol based artist has confirmed that his next piece will take the form of a place a flotilla of abandoned fishing boats in Leigh Woods, Bristol.
Jerram received national coverage after his "Park and Slide" 90-metre waterslide installation attracted huge crowds earlier this summer on Park Street, a famously steep hill in the Bristol city centre.
Jerram's new marine inspired project has been named Withdrawn. By placing a number of fishing boats deep in Leigh Woods, Jerram hopes make a statement about climate change, drastic changes in ocean temperatures, extreme weather, the fall in fish stocks and the general human impact on the marine environment. By allowing the general public to explore the woods and discover this fleet of ghostly boats, the artist hopes to inspire more discussion about the issues he is commenting on through his work.
With the consent of The National Trust and Forestry Commission England, Withdrawn will be open to the general public night and day for 6 months, coinciding with Bristol’s newly appointed distinction as European Green Capital for 2015.
At night each boat’s navigation lights will illuminate the forest. Also, as if the boats were moving with the tide, all the boats will face in the same direction. Although the piece comments on global issues, Jerram was also inspired to create the piece following the severe flooding in the south west last winter.
The project is currently waiting for final approval on its planning application, but is planned to be open to the public from April 2015.
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Image Credits: Luke Jerram
Article by Jack Bartrop