Groundwork

Climate change and deforestation during the Neolithic period led to the expansion of the moors that characterize Ireland’s landscape to the present day. The island’s vegetational heritage rests in these low-oxygen deposits, which have served the population of Ireland as pasture land, construction material and fuel for millennia. Since the 1950s, the peat moors have been mined for fuel on an industrial scale. By the early 20th century, power plants burned almost 4 million tons of peat annually. What remains is a black expanse. Sharp horizons separate sky and earth, that which recurs from that which is lost forever. An artificially created wasteland, a soft, resilient soil.
The piece was created in 2012 in county Offaly in central Ireland, one of the largest peat mining sites of the country.

Climate change and deforestation during the Neolithic period led to the expansion of the moors that characterize Ireland’s landscape to the present day. The island’s vegetational heritage rests in these low-oxygen deposits, which have served the population of Ireland as pasture land, construction material and fuel for millennia. Since the 1950s, the peat moors have been mined for fuel on an industrial scale. By the early 20th century, power plants burned almost 4 million tons of peat annually. What remains is a black expanse. Sharp horizons separate sky and earth, that which recurs from that which is lost forever. An artificially created wasteland, a soft, resilient soil.
The piece was created in 2012 in county Offaly in central Ireland, one of the largest peat mining sites of the country.