Tapestry of Biodiversity

London
2021


Erosion
Performances

Design Proposal
Kristina Chan, Cristina Morbi

Performative. Durational. Environmental. Chronotropy.

Resolve is a testament to resilience.  The proposed piece is composed of spires, composed of oscillating brickwork, showing there is no singular perspective or outlook.  
We create sculptures that benefit the environments they inhabit. Half of the bricks will be cast calcium iodine blocks.  Used in aviaries, they provide essential minerals to insects and birds, aiding in the natural pollination of the surrounding area, harmonious with nature and its plant and wildlife.

The base will be cast in concrete, moulded as bark from different species, to mimic the biodiversity it surrounds.  The columns of calcium Iodine blocks and concrete bark bricks will alternate. The columns will rotate, showing the juxtaposition between nature and our impact. As birds feed, they add their own texture to the piece, eventually revealing the armature underneath, simultaneously designed by humans and carved by nature.

These blocks can be replaced, or left. This work plays on the idea of what we build and the legacy we leave behind. It shows us the walls we build and how true strength lies in learning to take them down again.  This last year has shown us our resolve, our strength and kindness in banding together, breaking barriers and seeing past our preconceptions. Resolve embodies this.


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Resolve is a proposal for the RSS 1st Plinth opportunity. Resolve is a testament to the resilience reflected in the past year. The proposed piece is composed of spires, composed of oscillating brickwork, showing there is no singular perspective or outlook. With construction constituting 80% of global pollution, we create sculptures that benefit the environments they inhabit. A portion of the bricks will be cast calcium iodine blocks. Used extensively in aviaries, they provide essential minerals to insects and birds, aiding in the natural pollination process of the surrounding area.
The base will be cast in concrete, moulded to resemble bark. As it ascends, it will be replaced by calcium iodine blocks. As birds feed, they add their own texture to the piece. Eventually, the blocks crumble to reveal the armature underneath.


‘Is Nature that mimic Art – not the opposite’ Andrea Branzi, 2021
Inspiration & References: Mimmo Paladino, La Citta Che Sale, Milano, Italy, 2011; Dissolving Arch, Stpmj, Jeju Island, South Korea, 2017; Artist Feliz Gonzalez Torres



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