Trajectory Three at the Royal Crescent Bath

Sculpture 'Trajectory Three' is pictured here at the Royal Crescent Bath in May 2015. The sculpture is made from found plastics located at the Sea Mills Floodplain by the researchers from the Power and the Water Project. Working alongside Environmental Historian Dr Jill Payne, Eloise has reconfigured the pieces into a sculpture that marks the materials third trajectory. Initially, it is anticipated that the polystyrene was part of a ship container, perhaps used as packaging for securing cargo, before being washed up onto the floodplains. Subsequently, organic life tried to colonise the polystyrene boulder; the remnants of branches that have attempted to push through the body of the polystyrene are still visible from the rear view of the sculpture. Woodlice and other insects have crawled and created paths across the surface, entering its body to create settlements, puncturing the surface with holes. The polystyrene evidences monolithic-type wear which encourages us to think about 'Future Archaeologies' and what found-materials like these will say about our generation in the future. The piece will be displayed at the Festival of Nature, Bristol in association with the AHRC funded Power and the Water Project from 13th-14th June 2015.   

Eloise Govier