This looks beautiful, and densely packed with meaning! A mysteriously geometrically patterned surface on a sphere that appears like charcoal. The patterns relate to measurements of the take-up and loss of CO2 in trees.

Semiconductor have unveiled their first ever public sculpture at Alice Holt Forest. Commissioned through the Jerwood Open Forest initiative, it is a significant new artwork and is the culmination of more than a year’s research and development by Semiconductor who have collaborated with scientists from Forest Research, the scientific agency of the Forestry Commission. Their work explores the material nature of our world. Through this piece they consider scientific data as a means of understanding the environment, and the relationship between how science represents the physical world and how we experience it.

The spherical piece is based on one year’s worth of measurements of the take up and loss of carbon dioxide from the forest trees collected from the top of a 28m high flux tower located nearby in Alice Holt Research Forest. The work will be situated a leisurely 20 minute walk from the visitor centre and will be open to the public for years to come.


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