PEOPLE are being given the chance to experience a post apocalyptic future – in the heart of leafy Warwickshire.
The Clearing is a vision of the future which will be setting up camp in the grounds of Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park from March through to December.
British artists Alex Hartley and Tom James are creating a living encampment in the shadow of the stately home on the shores of its lake, where people can come together to explore at first hand a future afflicted by climate change.
And they need help. In the middle of The Clearing they are building an eco-dome from scrap materials – using everything from bits of metal and old doors – inspired by the utopian communities of 1960s America.
And now they are looking for volunteer caretakers to occupy it for a series of short periods throughout the year, to help bring the vision to life.
Those in the dome will use of a stove, bed, toilet, a solar-powered lamp, and a library of hippy-survival guides from throughout the ages.
Caretakers will be expected to help with the upkeep of The Clearing – chopping wood, feeding the chickens, fixing the fence if it falls down etc – and introduce visitors to the project and write a short report afterwards.
Alex said: “Climate change is happening – temperatures are soaring, sea levels are rising, floods are happening all over the world. Global economics won’t ever recover.
“But no-one is doing anything about it, because no-one can imagine our society not being here.
“We want to help people get out of the everyday, to feel what climate change might feel like, see it, touch it, taste it. This is a recreation of the future as we see it.”
Tom added: “The Clearing aims to teach people how to live in the world that’s coming our way.
“We’ll be running a series of workshops throughout the year, to teach people the skills they’ll need once the seas have risen and the global economy has collapsed: from building a fire and digging a toilet, to making mead and building wind turbines, to restarting democracy and astronomy for survivors.”
Anyone can apply to be a caretaker but must be available for a five day period between March and December.
Visit www.the-clearing.com/more-info to apply. The closing date is February 14.