REWILD is the latest campaign from creative initiative by Splash and Burn and Spanish artist ESCIF The Rewind symbol is carved into a palm oil plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia, within a new forest restoration site covering 360 hectares on the borders of the Leuser Ecosystem. The Leuser rainforests are one of the most biodiverse places on earth.
“The idea of going back, of rewinding is an invitation to reconnect with ourselves; to recover awareness and respect for the earth, which is the ecosystem of which we are part” ~ ESCIF
REWILD is inspired by the upcoming UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, reflecting on the warning that we have just 12 years before climate change reaches a point that would trigger a global catastrophe. It was proceeded by a number of interventions along the way, playful murals reflecting on the relationship of the natural land and consumerism.
As with every Splash and Burn action, the Art serves as a bridge to the issue our charitable partners are battling daily. The Indonesian island of Sumatra has lost over 40 percent of its forest in the last 2 decades to palm oil, paper pulp and rubber plantations. The Sumatran Orangutan Society and its partners are working to turn back the clock on deforestation by reclaiming barren land to restore it to rainforest – vital habitat for orangutan, tigers, rhinos, elephants and countless other species. The loss of forest habitat threatens their safety and their future.
With the release of the project we hope to raise awareness for the CALL TO ACTION, a pledge to reforest the reclaimed land we have been working to REWILD starting with last years intervention from our project curator Ernest Zacharevic. They have amassed incredible support in purchasing the land for restoration but funds are still needed to return the land to a thriving ecosystem
Text MORETREES to 70085 to give £5
or go to moretrees.info to plant a tree and #rewildsumatra
The release will be accompanied by a short art film reflecting on REWILD coming soon. The project is supported by Lavazza and is produced by our friends at Studio Birthplace The film will feature an abstract soundscape by Indonesian composer and DIY ethnomusicologist Nursalim Yadi Anugerach.
Ethnomusicology is the study of music in its social and cultural contexts, examining music as a social process in order to understand not only what music is, but what it means to its practitioners and audiences. The composition is titled DOA DARI TANAH (a Prayer for the Soil) and is inspired by a prayer/ritual called “Nyangahatn” from the Kanayatn people in west Kalimantan where the people send their prayer for the spirit in the earth and in the sky.