Living with CO2

Living with CO2 brings carbon dioxide into the familiar through revisiting known objects, such as a sundial and a scale, designed to interpret the external world.

Due to human activities carbon dioxide levels are rising, causing the Earth to become warmer. New scientific discoveries provide knowledge which challenges past insights on the topic. This rapidly developing science can be seen as uncertain, which limits the understanding of the individual and therefore their ability to act. At its current measured levels, carbon dioxide has no smell, no tangibility, and no colour. However, it has an impact that can clearly be observed.

This project materialises the gap between the unseen and the tangible by using one of the byproducts of photosynthesis, wood, as a medium. Photosynthesis intake of carbon dioxide varies with the seasons, affected by the Sun's rays. By relating seasonal actions to the carbon cycle, changes become relatable and doubt can be embraced. In time, this can formulate new ways to comprehend and experience the science of carbon dioxide.

The project is based at Stave Hill Ecological Park in London.

Seasons —
  1. Autumn
  2. Winter
  3. Spring
  4. Summer

Objects — 
  1. Carbon Scale 
  2. Wood Wishes
  3. Silvered Coal 
  4. Sun Logs

Project by Rebecca Lardeur

2. Winter

Wood Wishes
Twigs found at Stave Hill Ecological Park, oak from Herdfordshire

As winter settles in, biomass reduces its volume. Trees loose their leaves so as to rest and restore for a new cycle. It is a slower and introspective time of year. Often a time of gatherings with friends and family on religious calendars, Living with CO2 proposes a new ritual at Stave Hill Ecological Park, one where you can make a ‘Wood Wish’.

    1. Pick up twigs at Stave Hill Park found on paths (don’t go disturbe natural habitats)
    2. Cut them to identical size
    3. Paint half in the colour you would want
    4. Tie them together
    5. Hang them at the Treasure Map spot on the top of the hill

Through the making of a ‘Wood Wish’, one can formulate new routes for the new cycle. Time to reflect for a new year and to plan actions for spring.