Coventry Canal Basin
Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Sunday, July 17, 2022
10a St Nicholas St, Coventry CV1 4LY
West Midlands
Pangaea Sculptors' Centre

As the production and origins of goods become increasingly complex and remote, this artwork addresses a wish to return to our roots and participate in the making of things. Hand Earth Gesture Return is made from earth, straw and water – natural, locally grown, sourced and sustainable materials. It celebrates the universality of nature and the raw and organic energy generated during the processes of making.

This installation consists of a series of sculptural forms, raw materials and paraphernalia that are designed to be interacted with by members of the public. Anchoring the installation will be a sculpture resembling a degrading and fragmented monumental gateway, constructed from timber, clay and thatching straw. 1000s of clay flower adornments will be both applied and piled up at the entrance of the gateway. Built in public by our lead artists, community volunteers and visitors, the installation will grow and evolve over the course of the week.

The public are invited to participate in the shared experience of learning, growing, building and letting go of this new installation, becoming part of the team, joining making-workshops and getting their hands dirty with clay and straw. This installation foregrounds the act of making, with the hands, as a way to make deeper connections between people, place and matter.

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