Rehabit, 2016, environmental installation, I-Park Foundation Connecticut
reclaimed doors, rebar, moss
The sculpture sits in a clearing in 500 acres of forest in Connecticut USA, the site of a vernal pool. Rehabit was my first project to be completed during my residency at I-Park. Recycled doors are cut into letters and covered in moss. The site is a vernal pool and as the doors slowly rot down they form a new habitat for the moss, fueling a cycle of growth and decay. The concept of rehabitation links into my research on regeneration in cities, and the word REHAB has so many negative connotations I though it was interesting to site it here; within such a natural, wholesome environment. The relationship between ‘natural’ and ‘manmade’ is at the heart of this piece.