Castlebar, Swinford, Charlestown, Boyle and Tubbercurry, these are towns in the west of Ireland. The first three are in Co. Mayo, Boyle is in Co. Roscommon and Tubbercurry is in Co. Sligo. All have one thing in common lately; they have been Scoodooed.
Yes, some people have been busy Scoodooing. To Scoodoo is to erect a Scoodoo sculpture in a public place. Preferably where it is very visible to the public. A single Scoodoo sculpture can be erected, in some cases a group of Scoodoos are placed. Scoodooing is carried out by Scoodoo Activists, these are people who love trees, who realise the importance of trees for the planet and want to feel a greater connection to the living natural world in which they live. Scoodooing raises public awareness about the need for more trees and helps people to make a connection with nature.
Scoodoo sculptures are made from branches of trees, each sculpture is individual and posseses its unique character. Just as trees are uniquely different and of course Scoodoos themselves. Scoodoo sculptures are beautiful, they give a physical representation of a tree spirit. When a Scoodoo scultpure is started, the sculptor does not know how the new creation will look, it is as if the Scoodoos form themselves, which in a sense they do. The sculptures can be of any size, they can be placed in gardens to show that the gardeners welcome tree spirits and love nature. A Scoodoo could also be placed in an area without trees, as a statement that trees should be planted. A Scoodoo sculpture can be used to maintain a connection with nature in a place where there are no trees, such as in an office or other work place.
Each Scoodoo is given a name, the individual name reflects the character of the Scoodoo sculpture and all Scodoo names end with the letters “oo”. The name can only be given after the scultpure has been completed, the names just come into the creators mind, it is as if the scultpure picks it’s own name!
Soodooing must be carried out responsibly and with great care. A Scoodoo sculpture must always be placed with consideration to safety and must not obstruct views of motorists or pedestrians on roads or paths. It must not obstruct people as they walk and they must also be always secured properly to the ground so that they do not move in the wind and cause an accident. Scoodooers must be responsible people.
An installation of a Scoodoo sculpture can be accompanied by a poster campaign in the locality, with posters being placed in local shops and community notice boards.
Anyone can be a Scoodoo activist. There is a Scoodoo community set up where people can find out about Scoodooing, report Scoodoo sightings and share information about Scoodooing activities: http://scoodooscommunity.spruz.com/
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