Rubber bullet from Northern Ireland loaned by Martin Bell; Typha species from Laver pond, University of Exeter Campus. Linda grew up listening to news items on the ‘troubles’ in Northern Ireland and had heard of rubber bullets as part of the reporting. However, seeing one for the first time, I was disturbed by its size and hardness, it was almost as large as the head of a Typha plant. These plants grow in water or wet places and can provide food from several parts of the plant, as well as being useful for making matting and cordage. The plant was cut on the day that the art work was created and it will whither and change over the life of the exhibition.
Arts and Humanities Research Council
Photography by Tim Pestridge and Seán Goddard.