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People and Forests Urn

Marcus Tatton
1996

Myrtle, Carbon
735mm (h) X 410mm (Ø)

This wonderful urn was carved from one piece of myrtle. The urn’s external decoration is patterning that respects past cultures and is redolent of hieroglyphics. The images evoke feelings of forests and natural forms interacting with human perspectives. The interior represents the coexistence of man within nature by showing footprints of local fauna interspersed with the tracks of excavators and humans.

The feel of the land and forest is a central aspect of Marcus’ current practice as a woodcarver. He works as a public space sculptor from his property in Neika, Tasmania. The themes running through his work are the remnants left by past civilisations; the symbols and signs of forgotten or dispersed cultures appearing in natural materials and the intersection of nature with humans.