This work is a contemporary response to Joseph Beuys’s renowned social sculpture/ecological project 7000 Oaks, composed of seven cords of wood as distinct sculptural elements. For centuries stacking split firewood has been used as an efficient and elegant method: an economic anticipation of warmth, comfort, and need. This project invites contemplation of the banking/harvesting carbon cycle that we continually engage as organic beings, but maybe not enough as environmentally conscious citizens.
In Seven Thousand Cords Manglano-Ovalle asks others to participate in their own accessing of natural resources through the most direct methods of sawing, splitting, and stacking. The end product of which may be simply sculpture, or fuel for a conversation around a fire.