Fields of Influence

…a metaphor for humanities negative influence on nature

European IUCN Red list species burnt into towers supporting compasses

Thoughts for consideration:

• Figure representing humanity – Magneto (marvel comic book supervillain)

• Magnet interferes with compasses needles which represent the magneto- reception of animals (their ability to sense the earth’s magnetic field), humans do not have this sense.

• Animals represented are examples on the IUCN* red list for Europe = species in decline or in danger of becoming extinct

• Interactive mechanical force sets the cycle in motion – we become linked to the villain by having a hand in the motion thus inextricably implicated. 

• Rust is decay of iron, the element responsible for the earth’s magnetic field

• A visual metaphor for man’s destabilising influence on nature

* ICUN : International Union for the Conservation of Nature