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Image of 'Grey County Pastoral: Tree Circle,' Summer, 2010.

Grey County Pastoral: Tree Circle, 2003-present

Grey County Pastoral: Tree Circle is a living installation in Grey County, Ontario, Canada. It is a circle of spruce trees enclosing five granite boulders. Within the trees, the boulders form a compass rose pointing to the cardinal directions. Begun in 2003, many of the trees have not yet reached maturity.

Image Credit: Mark Prier

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“...in some sense the pastoral is not about the country but about what the country means to the city and what the past means to the present.” (19)

Rebecca Solnit
As Eve Said to the Serpent. Athens, Georgia: The University of Georgia Press, 2001.

Grey County Pastoral is an ongoing project attempting to engage with the past (and present) of rural Ontario by focusing on Grey County. It aspires to deal with the area’s history as imagined, nostalgic, and ‘pastoral,’ and as heinous, dispossessing, and colonizing. It is not so much about revealing the true past as much as it is about revealing the imagined past that continues to affect the present.