Ephemeral environmental sculptures

Stone Circle © Martin Hill & Philippa Jones – martin-hill.com

For twenty years now, Martin Hill and Philippa Jones have been using ecological materials that they find in the natural environment to create ephemeral environmental sculptures that return to the environment, once Hill has photographed them. In this first issue of open_resource magazine, SUEZ is showcasing these works, which are a metaphor of the cycles of nature.
They are designed to remind us of the impact of our life style on the environment. Martin Hill describes their artistic approach.

“One thing always ends up by nourishing another. It’s the idea that underpins our artistic approach and also the circular economy and the cycles of nature. We live in New Zealand, but we travel all over the world creating and exhibiting works, in the hope that we can restore a deep bond between the spectator and nature: a bond that we tend to lose in modern culture.

Solving climate change and ecological sustainability is one of the major challenges of our times. It raises questions that affect every one of us. We chose art as a means of communication to encourage people to adopt an ecological understanding of our relation with nature.

 © Martin Hill & Philippa Jones – martin-hill.com

More than twenty years ago, when I was still managing my design company, I realised that our problems stretch far beyond mere environmental aspects: These problems are caused by the very design of our systems. And we create them ourselves.

The message we would like to convey is the following: The flows of resources in an industrial ecology must replicate the cyclic flows in nature, if we are to enjoy a sustainable future. In other words, human systems must be reworked to make them compatible with natural systems.

Primarily, we take our inspiration from nature itself, its dynamic balance and its harmony. Or in a couple of words, its fundamental character. The circle is a dominant symbol in our sculptures, because it represents the cyclic spirit of nature. When we plan, create and immortalise these sculptures, we visit places that we love, that we feel close to. As mountaineers, we often come across some pretty wild places, which allow us to better appreciate the fragility and the power of nature. Our goal is to encourage people to become aware of this fact and to look for solutions to this crisis we are going through.”

To find out more, visit: http://martin-hill.com/

Find this article in the first open_resource magazine: “How to make the climate change ?


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