Sculptures in the woods
The alien farmers are set-up close to a highway on public space so drivers can catch a glimpse of the figures for a fleeting moment as they pass in their cars. What will the drivers do next? Will they take a chance and stop the car and go for a walk or just carry on? Martin's sculpture brings a kind of energy awareness about the human relationship to nature and whether we are observers or participants. The figures lasted in the forest for 6 weeks before they disappeared, meaning someone actually had to get out of their car to get a closer look. By getting the public to get out of the vehicle to walk in the trees, Martin's aliens make us aware of our participation in the environment. The alien farmers represent our desire to connect with nature and if we don't know how to go about re-connecting to the land we need only take the first few steps.