A Study in Red
Client: YellowBox, Sättra
Location: the Middle Forest,
Dimensions: 1.8m x 1.2m x 2.2m
Materials: 100 latex balloons
Created as part of a project
looking at the characteristics, heritage, geology,
ecology and communities of the 'mitgenssluger' (middle
forest) on the Baltic island of Öland.
The entire ancient forest has been diivided into long
rectangular lots, much like medieval field systems. In
each plot the landowner was free to use the land as they
wanted. In this particular plot, the forest has been
largely left to grow wild, while plots on either side have
been planted as fast growing softwood plantations.
Within this wild plot I was struck by the
relative greenness of the woodland floor and the new flush
of canopy set against the blue of the early summer sky.
This study was a sketch to use a vibrant red colour to
contrast and accentuate the greens. The shape was organic
and free-form and suspended by a single line from a high
branch. The small gusts of wind through the wood causing
it to sway gently and chaotically.