Land Re-composition

2002

A photographic installation of 16 black and white photographs, dimensions 100cm x 100cm.

Land Re-composition explores the interrelationship between deforestation and soil erosion in a recently clear-felled upland conifer forest plantation in Kilbehenny, Co Limerick. The composite of 16 images form a photographic quadrat, a scientific field study instrument used to sample representative sections of ground in a site. Individual images were photographed at 2x2 meters apart, the standard planting distance between trees used in a typical conifer forest plantation.

The photographic composite functions as a form of visual land survey mapping the structure and composition of soil to create a visual recomposition of the site.

Project exhibited as part of the International Sculpture Symposium, Lough Boora Parklands, Co Offaly.