Edinburgh Arts Festival

Tree no. 5 (from the Jadindagadendar), Waverley Station. Charles Avery’s The Islanders is an evolving lifelong project, dedicated to describing the inhabitants, flora and fauna of a fictional island. In a constantly growing body of work (drawing, sculpture and film), Avery explores and records in precise detail the customs, myths, religions and rituals of the islanders. At the heart of the island is Onomatopoiea, once a bustling port and boomtown, now in a state of extended decline. Onomatopoeia’s municipal park is called the Jadindagadendar, and is filled, not with living botanical specimens, but with artificial trees, flowers and shrubs, an expression of the islanders’ refutation of natu

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