This industrial plant sculpture takes a sideways look at fossil fuels.

Fossil fuels currently provide some 85% of the world’s energy. The developed world (around 16% of the global population) uses over 50% of this energy, while nearly half the world’s people rely on wood, charcoal and dung.

Unlike fossil fuels, which come from plants that died millions of years ago, these renewable plant-based fuels are essentially ‘carbon neutral’. That means the amount of carbon dioxide absorbed during their growth is equal to the amount emitted on burning.

Around the sculpture we’ve planted examples of crops which are burnt in some power stations as biomass, such as willow, poplar and miscanthus.