Which Way 2

One of three pieces in a solo show at The Dick Institute, Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, June – July 2006. 

Rusted metal arrow cage 17ft x 12ft x 2ft, metal rope and shackles, concrete anchors, live finches.
WHICH WAY 2 considers the ongoing struggle to find a sustainable relationship between us and our environment. The artist attacks the arrogance of humankind by making plain the way in which we attempt to shape the natural world, at the expense of all other species, in order to accommodate our ideas and feed our own needs.

The transient delicacy and the light mobility of the birds in this piece contrasts with the weighty, industrialised arrow, questioning the balance of power between the two.

It could be that the arrow, symbol of clearly defined direction, universally recognized and followed, may not win in the end or that despite its being so firmly tethered to the ground it may still take off.