Nature Verses

The third annual Nature Verses exhibition went up last week, showcasing the work of  grade 11 and 12 photography and writing students.  The exhibition is normally held on the Edgewater Trail at Derby Reach; however, because of teacher job action, the students decided to showcase their work on the grounds of LFAS.

The show was inspired by a similar installation located in a forest in Bavaria, Germany in 2007. The students were also inspired by the philosophy of Christo, one of the world’s most famous outdoor installation artists, who said this about his art form:

“My art has no purpose except visual pleasure and collective joy; it’s absolutely ephemeral, a western parallel to the cherry blossoms in Japanese culture which bloom for a few days, vanish, yet somehow embody all the yearnings and regrets of the Japanese – we tie performances and memories rather than physical artworks.”

The students must install their works without harming the environment in any way. No nails, toxic materials, removal of branches or underbrush is allowed. Once they take down their exhibits, there should be no evidence they were there.

The students discover that nature always wins. Slugs begin eating the paper, the rain breaks down frames and fabrics, and people sometimes help themselves to parts of the installations.

The show concluded with a barbecue, thanks to Save-On-Food’s generous donation of hotdogs, buns and condiments.

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