On 22 October 2014 Semiconductor unveiled their first ever public sculpture entitled ‘Cosmos‘ at a carefully selected site at Alice Holt Forest in Surrey. The spherical piece is based on one year’s worth of measurements of the take up and loss of carbon dioxide from the forest trees collected from the top of a 28m high flux tower, located nearby in the research forest at Alice Holt. Their work considers scientific data as a means of understanding the environment, and explores the relationship between how science represents the physical world and how we experience it. Through a process of re-contextualising the data, it becomes abstract in form and meaning, talking on sculptural properties. The work will be open to the public for years to come.
Alice Holt Forest spans 850 hectares on the Surrey/Hampshire border within the South Downs National Park. Attracting almost half a million visitors per year, it is one of the most popular countryside recreation venues in the South East.