Habitats of Composition: The Nature of the Commons

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Abstract

This is an article about land art that constructs habitats of refuge or survival shelters. The art of constructing forest sanctuaries, as a form of social media, is a resourcing of found materials transformed into personal and social places of significance. Amidst COVID-19 restrictions, nature became everyone’s place to be and public parks were an essential commonplace for combining and finding a place apart to come together. What emerged in the forests of Phoenix Park, Dublin was the construction of landmarks for protection and solace. As bushcraft and public artforms, these dens act as declarations of personal security and social constructions, occupying both a boundary and an invitation. They are landmarks for solitary pursuits and social encounters—transformative locations for introspection and the communal sharing of a forest.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEcopoiesis
Volume1
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 24 Nov 2020

Keywords

  • Art Therapy and Environment
  • Art of Walking
  • Socially Engaged Art

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