‘the clockwork forest’ by greyworld, 2011
all images courtesy the artists
andrew shoben is the founder of art collective greyworld which primarily focuses on developing art for shared public spaces.
as one of this year’s design indaba conference speakers, south africa’s major design event which brings together creative visionaries
across the globe to share their knowledge and expertise of their fields
of discipline, shoben animated the crowd with his humor
and witty projects.
one of the works which was presented was ‘the clockwork forest’, a public installation located in grizedale, england.
the piece is comprised of a series of turnkeys affixed to various trees within the wooded area. as one is wound-up,
begins to play, as if the user has brought to life an additional layer
of sound organically existing in the natural environment.
the work was commissioned by the national forestry commission of england and aids in the enhancement of the interaction between
the park goer with his / her natural surroundings.
forest is often the mysterious location of secret stories, of distant
sounds from hidden camp fires, of secret meetings and unexplained
the key which turns the nature-placed music box
two men work to secure the cog to the tree, creating the ‘clockwork forest’