- Launch Event: YoHa, Critical Art Ensemble and Arts Catalyst 'Graveyard of Lost Species'
- 23 July 2016, 2.30pm
- Gallery Entrance
Graveyard of Lost Species is an ambitious collaborative project and anti-monument by artists YoHa and Critical Art Ensemble commissioned by Arts Catalyst. On Saturday 23 June, the artwork – created from a local wrecked boat, will be placed back into the Thames Estuary carved with people’s stories of changes in the area – a physical but decaying memorial to what is passing as our environment and society transform.
The Thames Estuary is changing rapidly with new industrial infrastructure in construction,including the largest container port in the UK. The estuary's sea marshes, tidal flats and muddy waters are critical wilderness zones for biodiversity conservation and species migration. Simultaneously, they are also zones for leisure and tourism, fishing grounds and the sites of historic wrecks. Graveyard of Lost Species is part of a wider project commissioned by Arts Catalyst, titled Wrecked on the Inter-tidal Zone, that seeks to explore art’s responsibility to understand and communicate such environments and cultures.