A Future Forest
Heather Scott Peterson A Future Forest carbonized willow branches, machined brass
A Future Forest
2018
carbonized willow branches, machined brass
26 x 6 x 72 inches (66 x 15.25 x 182.8 cm)

“The great fires were now lit on the other side of the ocean... Our spread over the earth was fueled by reducing the higher species of vegetation to charcoal, by incessantly burning whatever would burn. From the first smoldering taper to the elegant lanterns whose light reverberated around eighteenth-century courtyards and from the mild radiance of these lanterns to the unearthly glow of the sodium lamps that line the Belgian motorways, it has all been combustion. Combustion is the hidden principle behind every artefact we create. The making of a fish-hook, manufacture of a china cup, or production of a television programme, all depend on the same process of combustion... For the time being, our cities still shine through the night, and the fires still spread.”

- W.G. Sebald, The Rings of Saturn

Heather Scott Peterson A Future Forest