Against Enclosure, 2022, Eastern white pine, textile, stainless steel, found love carvings.
21’3” x 25'3'' x 9’11”, 6.47 x 7.69 x 3.22m.

A public sculpture taking inspiration from peristyle courtyard architecture to engage with the paradoxical nature of this form: the feeling of sanctuary and intimacy it creates, but also its legacy of land seizure, class dominance, and colonial violence. Steel plating protects joints of the wood, inscribed with found carvings, initials, thoughts of passersby. The explicit exhortation contained in the title – being against enclosure – asserts that common access to land should be revived in the tradition of public commons.

This project was made possible by the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the collaboration of Atelier Conifères.

Exhibited at the FOFA Gallery courtyard, Montreal, Canada, June 6-September 1, 2022.
On Cloisters - Essay by Dr. Danielle Callegari