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, taking on sculptural properties. The work will be open to the public for years to come.
Cosmos by Semiconductor was one of two commissions made through the inaugural Jerwood Open Forest and is now permanently installed at Alice Holt Forest, Surrey, where it opened in October 2014.
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.