Adam Buick, an artist from Pembrokeshire, Wales, says his art is about change and “the natural cycles and the transience of human endeavor.” Buick said his Earth to Earth project is an attempt to illustrate that transience.
Buick put a raw, unfired clay jar on the top of Carn Treliwyd with the intention of letting it weather away. “Made from the Earth,” Buick states, “the wind and rain will return it to Earth.” A portion of the jar’s journey was captured in a time-lapse video and posted to Buick’s web site. The artist states:
Clay in turn is created from the weathering of igneous rocks upon which this Jar has been placed.
‘My work is inspired by landscape and I have placed this Jar to venerate its surroundings.’ The act of placing the Jar immediately draws attention to its location. It has been suggested that the placing of Neolithic megaliths was motivated by a desire to venerate natural places.
The use of time lapse not only captures a true sense of time and space but of the process of change. This film is about the natural world, but also about humanity, our relationship with nature and the inevitability of change.
The rest of the jar’s life was documented on Buick’s blog. In addition to the jar atop Carn Treliwyd, Buick has gifted other pieces of work to the landscape, a process he calls “veneration.” There are additional jars and bells, all of which he documents on his blog.
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