Ruined Cairn A (Beneath the Paving Stones)
Site: Hogsmill River near Jubilee Bridge, Kingston, London
Small heap of Dublin cobble stones, Manila pavers, and Islington paving stones, each cast from Portland cement and Mt. Pinatubo volcanic ash, and afixed with informational label on the underside.
Inspired by local souvenirs from the Philippines, each object is marked with the text “This product is made from the actual volcanic ash of the 1991 eruption of Mt. Pinatubo Philippines” in the form of an iridescent plastic sticker affixed to the base of each manufactured stone. Installed outdoors in the Hogsmill River, the temporary and changing arrangement creates a momentary new land mass, island or extension of the Philippine archipelago. The work is meant to encourage lichen and moss to grow on it as the earth materials it’s made of break downand disperse into the surrounding environment.