Photo: Robert McNair 2016

Photo: Robert McNair 2016

 Photo: Robert McNair 2016

Photo: Robert McNair 2016

 Photo: Robert McNair 2016

Photo: Robert McNair 2016

 Photo: Robert McNair 2016

Photo: Robert McNair 2016

 Photo: Robert McNair 2016

Photo: Robert McNair 2016

Civilization of the Wild // 2016

The Civilization of the Wild is a site-specific installation of debris huts on Roos Island of Victoria Park where the community was invited to learn and share knowledge about the local bioregion. A debris hut is four-season human shelter made from foraged natural materials inspired by squirrel’s nests. The occupation of “Civilization of the Wild” in the region’s urban core served to remind the community of their fundamental connection to the natural world and evoke questions about housing and historical occupation of the land by different communities. 

For the duration of CAFKA.16,  Civilization of the Wild became a public site bioregional education and engagement. This included organized events where invited experts shared knowledge about plant and animal identification and tool and shelter building using found natural materials.