Forcefield

Ackroyd & Harvey  

Commissioned and presented by the Galway Arts Festival at McDonagh's Warehouse, Nun's Island, Ireland

Funded by Arts Council, FAS, Galway Corporation & County Council, British Council

Sound composed by Graeme Miller

FORCEFIELD experimented with the four key elements of seed, clay, water and light to create a massive atmospheric installation where people could witness the growth and ever transforming presence of nature. In the interior of a deserted grain storage warehouse, the shadow of a dead elm tree and a garden shed were cast onto growing walls of grass. Where the shadows fell, the grass grew but produced no chlorophyll and so remained a light yellow colour, whilst the surrounding grass that received direct light became green. The whole of the floor area was flooded with blackened water and a wooden walkway constructed to allow the audience entry into the environment. The light system worked in three overlapping phases; the projected light, which cast the shadow; a general light revealing the yellow imprint, and finally a dark state which allowed the audience to witness the movement of natural light in the building.
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