The idea about making a funnel shape came to me intuitively the first day when we came back to the site to start making our projects. I wanted to use materials that I could find in the area and the tactile aspect of the process was essential to my exploration about what environmental art could be. I think it`s exciting that you can`t walk very far into a bog before it becomes hazardous, and I wanted to use it as a base for my sculpture/construction because I wanted to make use of a part of the nature that often seem to be avoided by hikers. I find the area near the lake peaceful and I wanted to make an installation with a harmonious character to it, therefore it felt like a natural spot to choose for my work.
I decided to make a funnel-shaped form, simply because I thought it was an interesting form in itself. At first the idea was to make a kind of “island” or shelter in the bog to give the spectator an opportunity to get closer to the plant- and animal life near the lake - without getting too wet.
After the construction started to take form, I realized that I wanted to be open for new approaches to the function of the sculpture and to the thoughts I got about how it was related to “habitat”. Therefore, the process became an important part of my work. I realized that it could be challenging to give my construction the certain function that I first aimed for, both because of the proportions and because of the form and use of materials. The work ended up with a more sculptural character. And some friends of mine interpreted different symbolic meanings from it. It may also have some functional qualities to it. It would f. ex. be interesting to grow plants that can climb on it. If there comes a flood, it would also be interesting to see if the construction would float out on the lake and become a kind of “island”.
I realized that the funnel shape of the sculpture resembles to the surrounding landscape with the lake that opens up, and the water appearing in the bottom might remind the viewer about elements in the landscape which usually aren`t that noticeable. The small water pond may also function as a microhabitat. Insects can have the opportunity to make use of the water, without get disturbed by fishes. Most likely the water temperature will increase, which also can give a certain effect to the habitat. I think the interesting part is to see how my construction can affect this place and how the nature will respond to it.