Detritus 

Employing the Lily Pad as an engineering model, naturally evolved stalks, fronds and flowers mutate into the decidedly ‘artificial’ Detritus.


Sheltered along the shoreline, these eccentrically coloured forms flow and sway at the mercy of False Creek tides and currents. Made from re-purposed objects of fishing and boating, (floats, lures, anchors, etc.) this work speaks of the peculiarities of ordering nature through human intervention or alternatively ordering cultural objects through mimicking natural phenomenon.





The premise for Detritus:


Imagine if ‘mother nature’ decided to create a new hybrid:  the salt-water Lilly. This hybrid, destined for the urban environment in the shallows around Granville Island, would reside in a particular spot between shore and dock, a place both natural and artificial.


As natural raw resources struggle in this environment, ‘mother nature’ chooses human-made remnants and discards from this boating and fishing environment; a place ripe with outrageously blatant, saturated, source materials purposefully designed to entice, lure and snare.


The result: floating, submerged and anchored flora neither camouflaged nor hidden. These Lilies absurdly scream, “We are here”!


Situated in the shallows off Granville Island, Detritus competes for a foothold where humans dominate and many species of flora and fauna must evolve or perish.

After ten days of co-existence along the shores of Granville Island, these battered Detritus reveal degradation caused by a surprisingly harsh environment; bearing witness to natural tidal action, boating activity, as well as human and animal debris.

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