“CUT HERE: Instruction Command Option”, Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Presented by InLiquid.com and SCEE

The site appears as a tract of land slated for development. Clearly marked and unapologetic, CUT HERE: Instruction, Command, Option ideologically confronts suburban and urban expansion. It takes on the point of development before design processes begin– before commercial and residential development, new road construction, or new public space allocation.  Ecological preservation/restoration and the human-needs perspective are in dialectic opposition.

CUT HERE: Instruction, Command, Option is an installation on the grounds of The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. Walking along the winding paths of the 400 plus-acre preserve, fluorescent pink begins to emerge through the dense woods. Distant dashes, thin and deliberate, mark a two-acre tract of land. Individual trees emerge with surveyor’s ribbon wrapped around their trunks. Collectively, the ribbons form a horizontal plane, bisecting the forest to emphasize diverse natural topographies.