Sculpture I – Yggdrasil


c. 2008 (origin date unknown, unearthe in Creekside, Deptford)

Yggdrassil, the Norse conception of an ash tree that is what all levels of reality rest on and in, was considered to ahve 9 layers.

When the IIAL – on an archeaological dig kindly funded by the Gold Booker Institute – unearthed the structure in this public garden, we were struck by the 9 layers of resemblance.

The Norsemen never fully invaded [what was not at the time known as] London but raided its creeks and estuaries often. We can only presume that the culture of the great ash tree – the World Tree – was injected into creek-bound aeas of London via cultural and environmental terrorism. Once taken root, the locals – unbeknownst to them, certainly – would ahve enacted this Nordic culture. Though fraternising with the english enemy of the time, sites of praise to Norse nature – and therefore nature itself – are common throughout London.

An exceptional find of the IIAL’s is that the sites of Yggdrassil had an intense olfactory element to the ritualistic site-build. This can be explained simply: the world Tree was to contain all elements of life – so blood, mucus, feed, manure, grime, urine, wine, faeces, and all things that live, breathe and die – and so become sites of building cemented by cements homynym, semen.

In celebrating nature and life, though the Norse gods and myths no longer hold sway over humanity, we can still appreciate the importance of any ste that invites us to examine, to touch and be touched by nature.


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