Heather & Ivan Morison

Heather & Ivan Morison

October 2010- May 2011
  • Both artists work collaboratively and make art as an active engagement with materials, histories, sites and processes
  • Based in Brighton, United Kingdom and Arhog, North West Wales 
  • Have made numerous site-specific projects internationally including the establishment of an arboretum in a remote village in Wales

For Offsite, Plaza was created by Heather and Ivan Morison, a pavilion which hovers between sculpture and architecture.

The walls lean outward towards the street, as if they are falling away from the site. The interior structure is raised above the water, propped up by crossing diagonal supports, and the roof is open to the sky. The walls are made of heavy timber beams, burnt to a dark charcoal using a Japanese technique for preserving and protecting wood from the elements called shou-sugi-ban. The blackened structure evokes a dystopic narrative as if it is built upon the ruins of a desolated city charred by the scorching sun of an apocalyptic future.