Adrian Barron (Northampton, UK)
Autumn 2014 - ongoing
In 2014, with the participation of local community members, artist Adrian Barron planted 2,000 acorns, painstakingly collected from the region’s historic William Penn oak trees, at the intersection of Routes 926 and 41 on approximately one acre of Street Road's site. The resulting work, an ongoing growing installation, is a unique intervention that prompts reflection on the nature-culture dichotomy.
Barron’s Supervene Forest is a site-specific work combining philosophical concerns central to his practice with Street Road’s unique context. He writes: "Parts of western Chester County retain a fading air of the rural idyll even as suburbs encroach and the natural topography is altered. Urbanizing tendencies are reflected in and facilitated by developments to the region’s main arterial, Pennsylvania Route 41. Through the communal planting of acorns along the highway, we can create what I call an antipathy to this manmade disruption."
As an artist creating an event inspired by natural processes to supersede less ecologically sensitive manmade changes to the landscape, Barron also engages in contradiction that drives questions relevant to a world with rapidly changing climates.
The word ‘supervene’ means ‘to happen unexpectedly in a way that interrupts, stops, or greatly changes an existing situation’. The Supervene Forest constitutes a living question about what kind of developments are desirable, and sustainable, on our ever-changing planet.
Update - Fall 2015 / Winter 2016
As the seasons change and the tall grasses die back, we’ve been excited to encounter evidence of oak saplings on the property. To “view” the work is to be an active participant, to be attuned to your own presence in nature in your search for saplings.
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