Arabella Pio - Declaration of Trust #2, 2014

Declaration of Trust, 2013. Brightly painted replica of a ‘moose tower’, sited during a 2013 residency in Finland.

Declaration of Trust #2 consists of two large, brightly painted towers, installed at the entrance to Fore Street - the main, pedestrianised, shopping street of the town of Redruth.

The towers stem from a project I worked on during a residency in Finland in 2013. While there I explored the surroundings and came across various moose towers. I was drawn to these structures that, blending with the landscape, facilitate hunters in spotting animals during the hunting season. There, they are built in wood and blend in with the surrounding landscape to be less noticeable. Similar structures can be widely found as markers of liminal areas, as shores or woods, or even on the borders between different states and countries.

The structures appear to be carriers of opposed and conflicting messages. While sometimes looking like podiums from which to relate and communicate to an audience, they nevertheless also suggest conditions of surveillance and control. By taking the structures out of their natural environment and painting them in bright colours, the towers lose their functionality and become vehicles of those conflicting and multiple messages.

Arabella Pio is an Italian artist currently dividing her time between Falmouth and Milan. She graduated in 2005 from Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, and completed her MA Art and Environment at Falmouth University in 2012. She has been a Back Lane West resident artist and has worked and exhibited widely in Italy, Finland, and the UK.