You May Walk Through These Woods And Never Spot The Awesomeness Hiding In There

You May Walk Through These Woods And Never Spot The Awesomeness Hiding In There

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Taking a stroll in woods is good for health and it rejuvenates us. Some people in 2009, strolling in the woods near David Marshall Lodge in Scotland, started finding themselves face-to-face with literal reflections of the scenery and sometimes of themselves. There was something hiding in plain sight in the woods, reflecting the trees, sky, and seasonal changes.

They look like ghostly inhabitants of another dimension. forests-with-secrets-1

Ok. They’re actually an installation piece by artist Rob Mulholland. Mulholland’s work includes various installations and sculptures that challenge our perceptions of time, space, and reality.

This piece is called Vestige and combines multiple themes of history, memory, and the relationship between humans and nature. “I wanted to explore this relationship further by creating a group, a community within the protective elements of the woods, reflecting the past inhabitants of the space” Mulholland explains on his site.
This particular area of Scotland was originally an open farm and grazing land, as well as a home to small farming communities. After World War I, the residents were relocated by the government, and the land was planted over with fast-growing trees, as the country was desperate for timber after the war. The area has remained a forest to this day, but you can still make out the remains of the old houses and villages that once existed here.

This history inspired Mulholland to create a link between the present, the past, and the land itself.   forests-with-secrets-2

The figures represent the people who used to live on this land before being removed, but also the way humans can drastically alter nature.   forests-with-secrets-3

Mulholland describes the six figures as representing “a faint trace of the past people and communities that once occupied and lived in this space.” He goes on to explain.

The figures absorb their environment, reflecting in their surface the daily changes of life in the forest.   forests-with-secrets-4

They create a visual notion of non-space, a void, as if they are at one moment part of our world and then, as they fade into the forest, they become an intangible outline.   forests-with-secrets-5

The intertwined nature of this installation goes even deeper once viewers are involved.   forests-with-secrets-6

If you approach the figures, you’ll also see yourself. In this way, you, the viewer, become part of the piece as the present looks into the past and sees where it comes from. It also reflects humans in a (somewhat) natural environment, and how the natural and artificial constantly reflect one another.

What an amazing art. Isn’t it?

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