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The Great Eraser

The Great Eraser utilizes the poetic action of systematically destroying a nearly 400-year old tree ring as a symbol of broader environmental destruction. Every day The Great Eraser  sands away the tree rings in a one-decade increment and places the resulting sawdust into a vial made of hand-smithed scrap steel and reclaimed glassware. Humans’ shortsighted and insatiable utilization of natural resources results in the tragic and unstoppable ruin of the natural world.  The Great Eraser is an agent of this reality. But he also embodies a certain reverence for the remains of this destruction. The Great Eraser carefully collects the “ashes” of erasure and saves them in these specially created urns—for posterity, contemplation, memorialization, and forgiveness.

A ritualistic incongruity pervades The Great Eraser’s actions as he destroys, collects, preserves, and then destroys again. This acts as an analogy for continued exploitation of the natural world, which coexists with our increasingly detailed understanding of this fact, and the nostalgic reverence we hold for the ecosystems we obliterate.

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