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Withdrawn Luke Jerram’s stranded fishing flotilla invites visitors to consider climate change and the decline of an industry that used to be at the heart of the South West of England. Joeleen Lynch takes a walk in the woods. There’s something wrong with this picture. Glimpsed through the trees are fishing trawlers, pitched on their sides, apparently washed up in the leaf mould of Leigh Woods. Luke Jerram’s forest flotilla, Withdrawn, is his response to a brief for an installation; a site-specific work located within the beautiful, biodiverse and broadleaved ancient woodland of Leigh Woods. Jerram explains, “The artwork was inspired by my interest in science and the environment. Wherever there is extreme weather or sudden shifts in our environment, there are elements of our world which seem to turn on their heads.” As part of Bristol’s year as European Green Capital, Jerram says he “wanted to produce a piece of work that would challenge audiences to consider the impacts of over-fishing and marine pollution on the future of our planet and eco-system. There was a time when a man could make money from one small fishing boat, but for the past 50

years the seas around us have been so overfished that this is no longer financially viable.” The boats have been purchased on eBay and Gumtree from around the coast of the UK; they have then been hauled on trailers in preparation for beaching across Leigh Woods. The Gloria Jean, Grey Gull, Martha and Seahorse are caught in a network of branches, far from the sea, to be stumbled upon by dog walkers, ramblers and the many visitors who will be connecting with the project through a programme of events. From marine-themed talks and walks to performances, story-telling, theatre and live film events, this programme explores our multiple connections with the sea. Leigh Woods are both environmentally and historically significant, and home to many rare plant and moss species. Jointly managed by the National Trust and Forestry Commission England, the 200 hectares of

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Venice Biennale interviews: herman de vries, Katerina Gregos, Song Dong, Sean Lynch. As well as conversations with Laura Ford, Sammy Baloji,...

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Venice Biennale interviews: herman de vries, Katerina Gregos, Song Dong, Sean Lynch. As well as conversations with Laura Ford, Sammy Baloji,...