Civilization of the Wild // 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

Photo: Robert McNair 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 may remind the community of their fundamental connection to the natural world. 

For the duration of CAFKA.16,  I called on the collective wisdom of my community to help awaken the wild seed that is perennially dormant within each person. I hosting a number of sharing circles and workshops in "The Civilization of the Wild" given by local people of the land. This included knowledge sharing on shelter building, tool making, and species identification. While knowledge sharing sessions had a scheduled leader, I encouraged everyone to share their stories and knowledge of the local bioregion as well.