This spring, the Oak Project launches its first artist commission, Silence – Alone in a World of Wounds, hosted at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP), by artists Heather and Ivan Morison from Studio Morison. Silence – Alone in a World of Wounds will be unveiled on World Environment Day on Saturday 5 June 2021.
The commission responds to the question “Can art save us from extinction?”
The commission is informed by research evidence from the Nature Connectedness Research Group at the University of Derby
“Our work for the Oak Project must open the viewers’ eyes to the natural world, wounds and all, and through the shared grief create action – turning towards the world for what it has to teach us. We propose a space that is a kind of education of attention, that offers a protracted introduction in seeing things, hearing and feeling them. This work is a gift of time and attention.”
“Silence is an exceptional sculpture, forged from earth, timber, paper and living trees. Holding light, space and stillness it will be a place of peace, an oasis of calm in which people will be inspired, moved and rejuvenated. Joining other YSP land art works by James Turrell, Andy Goldsworthy and David Nash – as well as the natural tree canopies that form spiritual spaces at Yorkshire Sculpture Park – Heather and Ivan Morison’s work contributes to the canon of sculpture in the open air, which now more than ever is so relevant and meaningful. Silence – Alone is a World of Wounds is the first Oak Project commission; from a number of submissions, it was unanimously selected and we are excited to be working with such thoughtful and skilled artists.”
“The landscapes of the UK may look green and pleasant, but the reality is habitats are fragmented and nature is struggling to hold on in small pockets. The sound of our countryside is indeed increasingly that of silence. But we know that through reintroduction of wildlife corridors, green bridges, regenerative farming practices and rewilding, nature can rapidly recover. 2021 will be a pivotal year in tackling the nature and climate emergency, with world leaders negotiating last-resort targets at two global United Nations summits. There has never been a more important time to reconnect people to nature and turn our silent spring into a raucous summer.”
Silence – Alone in a World of Wounds features a digital element
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield, UK