From 31 August to 7 October a floating forest will be traveling the waterways of Birmingham and the Black Country. The Rootless Forest will consist of about 100 native British trees on a 16m converted narrow boat. During its journey, stories of those affected by the current conflict in Afghanistan will be broadcast. As the boat moves slowly through the water, its continual motion will poetically echo the accounts of displacement and relocation. The piece has been conceived by Birmingham Institute of Art and Design fellow Beth Derbyshire.
During its journey the boat will moor at Brindleyplace (31 August – 9 September, 13 and 19 September), Edible Eastside (8 September) and Walsall Wharf (outside New Art Gallery Walsall – 21 September – 7 October). There will also be a series of talks, discussions and film screenings along the way. The project’s launch will be at Edible Eastside on Saturday 8 September.
I look forward to seeing the sight of a moving forest on the canals…and the reactions of others too! For more information and full schedule please visit www.therootlessforest.com