BASK are a sculptor collective formed of Dominic McHenry, Jim Shepherd and Angus Ogilvie. They all studied at the University of the Arts London and to date have completed a series of major sculpture installations around the country.
In 2016 BASK were commissioned to create a site specific installation in The Defenceless Container, India Dickinson's off-site exhibtion space in the Isle of Wight. The work was titled 'Saltscape' and consisted of five sculptures set within six tonnes of rock salt inside a WWII look out bunker. The sculptures from the exhibition are made from reclaimed oak, black pigment and wax, they can be seen below.
'Saltscape' is a dystopian relic of humans interaction with the sea
It is a reminder of how mankind's relationship with the ocean has changed dramatically over the course of our history. The totemic sculptures resemble shards or ruins surrounded by an eroded ocean. The depiction of a baron sea celebrates the unique spirit and the energy of our oceans, their power and fragility. This piece acts as a warning to the gradual destruction of the ocean as an ecosystem. All these sculptures are named after the un-sunken ships in the Aral Sea. Kazakhstan's Aral Sea, once the fourth largest lake int he world, is now a barren wasteland. All that remains is an abandoned ship cemetery in the desert. BASK aims to portray that this drastic change to an environment has happened before and without action will happen again.
This exhibition aimed to raise awareness of overfishing of the seas and we worked along The Blue Marine Foundation to help raise money for their Solent Oyster Project. This project aims to reseed 10 million oysters into the solent by 2020. The Solent, used to be the largest oyster fishery in Europe until the oyster stock was said to have collapsed by 2013. The long term aim of the project is to restore the status of the native oyster population in Solent which will improve its overall health and biodiversity.