Mat Collishaw

Part of Mat Collishaw’s critically acclaimed exhibition The Centrifugal Soul, Albion is an installation that takes as its subject the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest, Nottingham. This centuries-old tree has at its core a hollow rotten trunk, and since the Victorian era its vast limbs have been supported by an elaborate system of scaffolding. Collishaw's monumental, slowly rotating image of the oak is a ghost-like apparition generated by laser scanning. The image represents a living object that is trapped in perpetuity to present the illusion of life.