Saturday addiction 3 – form and function

DAVID BROOKS: PICNIC GROVE

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I love how at first it looks like a bunch of picnics tables together but the closer you get, and more you look you see that they have been altered to fit the environment, with holes for the trees to grow through. Longer or shorter legs to allow for the altering height of the ground.

I find this work exciting, because next time I go it will be completely different, the trees will grow into the work. I love this work because it has a job to do, for people to sit and share food, and talk, and be. It is a great example of function and concept coming together to make something lovely.

What do you thing?

What the gallery has to say
“Through his immersive sculptural installations David Brooks explores different perceptions and interactions with nature.

As part of the Cass Sculpture Foundation’s new Fields Programme, Brooks has created ‘Picnic Grove’, a sprawling work built out of custom-made outdoor wooden furniture and spread over the entire 18,000m of the Deer Hut Field. The dozens of picnic tables and garden chairs are constructed in an interlocking manner, with trees heedlessly growing through the furniture like opportunistic weeds. As the picnic tables traverse the field and impose themselves on the landscape, the trees perforate the structures like a verdant grove, creating ambiguity as to which is dominant.

While visitors are encouraged to utilise the installation for communal enjoyment, they will also find themselves negotiating the playful interruptions created by the erratic placement of the trees, fostering a similar sense of ambiguity as to who is imposing on whom.”

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