An art curator, ecologist and social theorist place Bosch’s work in historical perspective, giving an overview of freshwater ecology, and discuss the significance of WADE and how contemporary sculpture, referencing art history, can be a powerful tool in alerting us to reflect on our predicament.
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An article providing insight into Graham Bennett's artistic motivations; Blundell elaborates on how – Graham Bennett’s intricate sculptures speak not only to human intervention, the history of voyaging, but also the growing environmental catastrophe before us. He speaks, too, of the absolute necessity of finding balance within all activities and the need to recognize and respond to catastrophe’s warning signs.
He taura whiri kotahi mai anō te kopunga tai no i te pu au.
The sedge is wither’d from the lake and no birds sing.
John Keats, La Belle Dame sans Merci, 1819.
De weg naar de hel is geplaveid met goede voornemens.
The way to hell is paved with good intentions.
Als het tij verloopt, moet men de bakens verzetten.
When the tide changes, one has to move the beacons—
when the circumstances change, one has to take different measures.
When the well’s dry we know the worth of water.
Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richards Almanac, 1758
For many of us, water simply flows from a faucet, and we think little about it beyond this point of contact. We have lost a sense of respect for the wild river, for the complex workings of a wetland, for the intricate web of life that water supports.
Sandra Postel, Last Oasis: Facing Water Scarcity, 2003
Graham Bennett at Chambers Art Gallery
Christchurch – New Zealand