Euroforest is the UK’s largest timber harvesting company, it has been chosen as the site for Energy Pangea’s third Rare Earth Sculpture which has been developed for the Europium element because of its unique properties and geopolitical axis. The growing importance of the bioeconomy and Europe’s competitiveness in the light of global development and growing uncertainties within the market have influenced the creation of the sculpture which acts as a vessel for the oxidation process of the Europium element, symbolic of restrictions imposed on its exports from China.
The ritual is not only a symbol of growing pressure on resources, it also acts as a sacrificial offering sewing a seed with a validity which traces back to the ancient world. The reclamation of sacrifice as a method to keep the world in balance has become increasingly important during a time of finite resources and accelerated population growth. Today a more excepted method than mass human sacrifice is, of course, much needed. Keeping the world in balance and appeasing the god’s might be understood today as a re-thinking of the subjects Offering and Godhead. The Offering being our way of life, the finite and unsustainable resources which we constantly unearth and throw away and the Godhead being the complex and chaotic balance of all life on Earth.
The Koli Forum is a new Thinktank which brings together Europe’s top Politicians, researchers, business leaders and decisions makers. At the recent event in September 2011 plans were discussed to establish a new discussion forum on natural resources. A set of proposals for actions were drawn up. The thesis proposes that the bioeconomy should become a driver for European sustainable competitiveness. This could be achieved by promoting biomass-based new products and energy, creating global criteria for the sustainable bioeconomy sector, and ensuring that a minimum of 20% of public building and construction is wood-based.
In unison with the Koli Forum we offer the Europium Sculpture as a primary tool in the shift to transboundary thinking and strategic positioning within the transition period we are currently experiencing.