Life Among Death

I went to a previously somewhat unexplored area of my site, on the outskirts I’d say. There were trees that were full of life and what seemed to be a small path that led into the water. The path was covered in dead leaves and sticks, all a dull brown color. I had the idea to make something that looked like a DNA strand (please excuse my lack of an artistic bone in my body) to connect everything in my site on the basis of DNA (also please excuse my lack of scientific knowledge, as far as I know everything contains DNA). When I found the area that seemed to be dead or dying, I thought the perfect juxtaposition would be to create the DNA strand out of fresh, green leaves to show life connected with what had previously been alive. I also chose to make it appear to head into the water, so that if the wind doesn’t destroy it, when the water level rises, that will. I really enjoyed the idea of environmental art that isn’t meant to last, and with at least two elements that will certainly effect this “art,” it definitely will not last long.


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