Migration and Abandonment
Sculptural installation by Alison Lochhead
What do you think when you come across an abandoned shoe? Each shoe holds the story of the person who wore it. Conflicts force people to leave their homes and walk vast distances, enduring unimaginable hardships. Worldwide 65 million people are fleeing their home as it is not safe enough to stay.
What do you think when you come across a shoe left by the side of a road or up a hillside? Why is it there? Who was wearing the shoe? Why was it left behind? How did the person manage without it? Is the person still alive?
Each shoe holds the story of the person who wore it. What is that story?
War and conflicts have been going on since the beginning of humanity; but why? No war has resolved a problem. It may put it on hold for a while but inevitably it will raise its head again and the reaction is to renew the conflict.
At the start of the 20th century, 10% of those killed in war were civilians. Today, the reverse is true: 90% of those killed in war are civilians.
Wars are fought on the decision of those in power or seeking power and using the rest of the population to bear the brunt of those decisions. The horrors and traumas which are experienced in war endure though ages. As individuals or groups, there is a lot we can do to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war. We have all the potential tools, skills and laws needed to abolish war. So why do we continue to wreck such devastation on humanity and the whole world?
“What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy?”
The land never forgets. It remains a witness to the horrors we perpetrate upon it.
Aleppo in Syria was bombed. This time as well as hitting civilians, the library was hit.
For three days the burnt remains of the books rained down on the city.
All the books used in these works are history books on the Middle East conflicts over time.
Dyffryn Gardens. St. Nicholas, Vale of Glamorgan. CF5 6SU. Wales, UK.
National Trust House and Garden.
‘PLACE’ an exhibition by 10 Sculpture Cymru members responding to the history of the gardens at Dyffryn.
‘Displacement of Species’ - Alison Lochhead sculptures.
The three figures are formed using a variety of materials from places associated with the gardens; earth, clay, rocks and coal; and the creation of the figures is based on the displacement of materials and people from one place to another. Many different people have inhabited the Dyffryn land, from the Neolithic burial chambers nearby to the gardeners who went to war. Plants were brought from every quarter of the world funded by the extraction of coal from the land which was shipped out to every quarter of the world. The gardens you are walking through are created from the movement of resources across the world.