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OAK: MediaWall at Bath Spa University

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OAK is a digital, typographic and visual artwork, a powerful representation of the total contribution from the thousands of people who have written letters in response to the 14-18 NOW project: Letter to an Unknown Soldier on the centenary of the First World War. The artwork takes the form of a 200 year old wintering oak tree. Its bare branches emphasise the strength and endurance that oaks are a renowned symbol for. Every minute, a new letter, written by a member of the public is displayed below the roots of oak. It is at this point that the words from the letter are transformed onto the tree, into growing word-leaves. A minute later a new letter arrives, adding more word-leaves and growing leaves where words have been reused. The word-leaves become larger and older, until they reach a point where they have turned from a spring green to an autumnal brown and fall to the ground, forming abstract sentences before re-forming as new shoots, to grow again. This process will continue every minute of every day for a month, continually growing and evolving, representing the mass of sentiment and feeling stirred by the thoughts and opinions of the many thousands of contributors. for updates follow MediaWall on twitter @MediaWallBSU for information on Letter to an Unknown Soldier visit @letter1418 Soundtrack: Kai Engel - For Better Or Worse by Southern City's Lab is licensed under a Creative Commons Licence.