The Whole of Recorded History, 2019
Installation, 5000yr old peat pine, gaffer tape, chalk, Ardbeg whisky, truffles
This pine subfossil was unearthed 5m down from ground level during commercial peat extraction at Lindow Moss, Cheshire. Having reached the layer of trees, the site is exhausted and the perfectly preserved wood will rot quickly now exposed to the elements
It is exhibited with a gaffer tape timeline representing the 5000 years since the tree lived.
The viewer is offered a peaty whisky and dark chocolate whisky truffles and invited to taste the effects of time and peat.
Chalked around the pine reads:
“5000 years ago recorded history began with the development of cuneiform script; a widespread climate shift changed the Sahara from a verdant landscape to a barren inhospitable desert; the stone age gave way to the bronze age; humans began to use chocolate; an extinct pine forest thrived on what is now Lindow Moss”