This work was made for the North Coast Triennial in Denmark around the theme heritage. The work looks at the history of Forests in Denmark while questioning our relationship to the forests.
A forest area situated in Gribskov framed by a white border. The border can be walked on and is placed slightly elevated from the ground.
The size of the square is based on a calculation of looking at the public forests in Denmark divided equally among the inhabitants of the country, each person would receive 0.1 hectares, which corresponds to an area of 31 x 31 meters. Axel Antas uses that exact amount of space for his installation 0.1ha in Gribskov Forest. Inside, 1000 butterflies were released during the exhibition and free to fly and take over the rest of the forest.
Axel Antas examines our experience of time and space with his artwork. The enclosed area in the forest becomes a sort of private space that we can call our own. And the fleeting existence of the butterflies coupled with the longevity of the forest shows that when it comes to nature, time can move both swiftly and slowly.
The Art Triennial will strongly focus on the meeting, exchange and dialogue that takes place between the cultural identities brought by artists from Denmark and the other Nordic countries, and which is sparked both between the artists and in the meeting with the history, cultural landscape and residents of the northern coast.