Semiconductor brings Cosmos to Farnham forest

Cosmos in situ at Alice Holt Forest

Cosmos in situ at Alice Holt Forest - Credit: Archant

An ambitious new sculpture by design duo Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt, aka Semiconductor, has been unveiled at Alice Holt Forest near Farnham.

Joe Gerhardt and Ruth Jarman with their impressive Cosmos sculpture

Joe Gerhardt and Ruth Jarman with their impressive Cosmos sculpture - Credit: Archant

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine January 2015


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Entitled Cosmos, the spherical piece was based on one year’s worth of measurements, showing the take-up and loss of carbon dioxide from the forest trees, collected from the top of a 28m-high tower.

“The work incorporates scientific data as a means of understanding the environment,” says Joe. “It also explores the relationship between how science represents the physical world and how we experience it.”

Cosmos is Semiconductor’s first ever public sculpture and has been commissioned through the Jerwood Open Forest initiative. It marks the culmination of more than a year’s research and development by the pair, who have collaborated with scientists from the scientific agency of the Forestry Commission, Forest Research.

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“It’s been an amazing journey over the past year bringing Cosmos together,” adds Ruth. “Installing it in the forest feels like we’ve brought it home.”


• For more information, visit Alice Holt Forest spans 850 hectares on the Surrey/Hampshire border near Farnham



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