Kurt Jackson + Clive Chatters Talk

Friday 21 October, 4.30pm-5.30pm | SORRY SOLD OUT

Contemporary artist Kurt Jackson and Clive Chatters from Hampshire and IOW Wildlife Trust are very aware of what an amazingly biodiverse world we live in and how this is changing. With that in mind they went to Gibbet Wood in the New Forest, the last place the New Forest Cicada was recorded.

Ultimately this talk is about the value of life forms, the fact have the same entitlement to live as we do and fundamentally they are all individually fascinating, extraordinary and beautiful organisms in their own right. By being aware of the life we share this planet with we can appreciate it and then conserve it.

The New Forest Cicada (Cicadetta montana) was the only species of cicada found in the UK. Until the twentieth century it was found in locations across the south and south-east of England. The fact that such an iconic species has been lost from the country is both profoundly tragic and marks a significant stage our shrinking biodiversity.

Kurt Jackson felt he needed to respond to this largely unnoticed event by making a memorial to the New Forest Cicada. By scanning a Victorian specimen then casting it in recycled solid gold he wished to represent the high value of this insect culturally, scientifically and emotionally. You can see this sculpture, alongside other works by Kurt Jackson, in our Small Wonders exhibition.

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