There is symmetry in circles like these two ant holes, the squashed aluminum can, and the manhole covers. These images make me consider it is apparent that we impact on the landscape and that it impacts on us. Virtually all ecosystems on Earth have been affected by our presence. We have the ability to adapt to our environment and to adapt our environment to us in ways that significantly affect the planet. As our population increases our draw upon the planet’s resources increase.
We are a part of the ecosystem of our planet and rely upon a healthy ecosystem to supply our needs for survival. While a great deal of our impact on the planets resources has been detrimental to the ecosystem our habits can change and are very slowly changing to reduce human impact and preserve our resources.
There is a cosmology of destruction and re-growth that stems from the things people throw away. These objects become part of a microcosm that is growing and/or decaying, and being consumed and consuming. On the larger scale this decomposition is an evolution of space. These sites can neither be considered pristine nature nor cultural landscapes; rather they represent a state of harmonious decline and re-growth.
On one level I am captivated by the beauty of these spaces, on another I am also fascinated by their entropic evolution. Entropy tangles and erodes the contours of the landforms and the built environment; it blurs distinguishing lines between interior and exterior, nature and culture redefining these spaces as other than nature made or human made.
I found these items along a gravel roadside of interest. On a smaller scale they illustrate the slow process of decomposition, paper will break down quite quickly, while the baler twine, the piece of plastic and the aluminum can will likely linger much longer. Each will break down into smaller parts to become part of the soil composition. This leads me to consider how much detritus could be combined with natural soil and still be viable for growing plants.
Alumninum can be recycled almost indefinitely, and paper is naturally biodegradable, while the baler twine is generally made from a polypropylene product designed to degrade. Plastic such as the clear sheet particle can last for many years lingering as tiny tatters like the one on the top right. The grasses wrapped around this piece of plastic are grasping it, nesting plastic fibres with its vigorous growth. Plastic and plant are enmeshed in a process of harmonious growth and decay that is illustrative of the insidious nature of plastic as well as a testament to the resilience of nature itself.