Hearth – A Living Sculpture

A living sculpture watched over by two ancestral trees on the hill above.

“Hearth is a living sculpture that sits at a human and ecological crossroad – a point of connection.

A place for resting, refuge, passage and return.

Animals, plants and people have passed through here for millennia.

Pathways that link landscapes through past and future.”

Artists Peter Davies and Scott Rose, creators of the art installation ‘Hearth’, developed the concept of using landscape art in the Midlands which evolved from a conversation between Peter Davies and Neil Davidson – Neil heads the Greening Australian Midlands Restoration Program. This program is attempting to restore both local and regional biodiversity and the idea was to include art that could potentially create habitats in parts of the productive landscape, where planting of native vegetation wasn’t possible. From this came both a design project now conducted by the UTas School of Architecture in Launceston – where students are developing designs of ‘habitat structures’, and the Hearth installation.

The Hearth installation is a companion to a book called ‘Woven Landscapes – Connections in the Tasmanian Midlands’. The ideas behind both the book and the installation are centered around the past, present and future of connections in the landscape, including informational, cultural, physical and biological.

Find Hearth at the northern entrance to Ross, and follow the sculpture’s paths leading up the hill to the two ancestral trees. Using your device, you can listen to a soundscape as you explore the site.