‘Withdrawn’ is an installation art work by the British artist Luke Jerram. More here, including Video
It was commissioned by the UK’s National Trust to be part of ‘Bristol 2015’ (the City of Bristol’s year as the 'European Green Capital') and it was delivered in partnership with the UK’s Forestry Commission. The work also included a series of events taking place over the months of the installation. Luke Jerram invited visitors to Leigh Woods, Bristol, to discover and explore a flotilla of abandoned fishing boats in the depths of the woodland. Tens of thousands of people visited the work and it was widely acclaimed.
This was a beautiful, surreal and poetic vision in the woods, the sound of the wind in the trees was reminiscent of the sound of the waves. All of the boats were pointing the same way, as if turned by the tide or moving together. The five boats could be explored by the public day or night and in the changing weather and seasons.
Miles from the sea, how did the boats get here? Were they left by a receding tidal surge or a changing coast line? Or is this the effect of over fishing, causing fish stocks to collapse and with it the industry? This thought-provoking and engaging installation raises discussion about climate change, extreme weather, falling fish stocks and our impact on the marine environment. Barnacles could even be found on the boats, waiting hopefully for the tide to turn...