Katie Paterson: To Burn, Forest, Fire
To Burn, Forest, Fire consisted of the scent of the first-ever forest on earth and the scent of the last forest of the age of climate crisis, made into incense and then burned across a variety of sites around the city of Helsinki in 1-30 September and 1 October, 2021.
In connection to the art work there is a booklet published to present the scientific research behind the definitions of the forests and the scents. Essay in the booklet is written by Professor David Haskell.
of extinct forests
Those words outline the concept for Katie Paterson’s IHME Helsinki Commission 2021. All her artworks start with these little poem or haiku-like written phrases. In 2019, she published a book of these short descriptions of her ideas called A place that exists only in moonlight. Some of them have become artworks in the material world, while others await their moment of becoming.