Cut Here: Instruction Command Option

Schuylkill Center for Environmental

PHILADELPHIA, PA — The chosen site appears as a considerable tract of protected land slated for modern development. Carefully marked and unapologetic, CUT HERE: Instruction, Command, Option ideologically confront suburban and urban expansion. It takes on the pivotal point of modern development before design processes typically begin– before commercial and residential development, contemporary road construction or new public space allocation. Ecological preservation/restoration and the human-needs perspective is in dialectic opposition.

Site-specific installation, CUT HERE: Instruction, Command, Option, is precisely on the forested grounds of The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. Walking along the winding paths of the 400 plus-acre preserve, fluorescent pink cautiously emerges through the deep woods. Remote dashes, thin and deliberate, mark a two-acre tract of protected land. Lone trees appear with the official surveyor’s ribbon wrapped around their trunks. At one critical moment, one step, collectively the used ribbons instantly produce a visually striking horizontal plane. Like a flash animation, they bisect the pristine forest to emphasize diverse natural topographies.

Presented by and Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Philadelphia Pennsylvania.