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Wild Rose, 2019

With reference to Devils II, 2017.
The subject of this series is the roots of the Rugosa Rose. It is also called Beach Rose, and in Denmark it comes under the designation “vildrose” (translated: Wild Rose).
Perhaps it is this last term that best frames my love – Wild Rose.

 I associate it with a fragrance that connotes summer, the bright time of the year. As a kid, when I was shirking school and the weather was fine, I took my kayak and paddled to an island where I found shelter on the beach. A beach and a place often defined by large Beach Roses, either in bloom or later in the season, bearing the well-known orange fruits.

Currently, I have not dug up the roots for them to be part of my project. I did not dig them up. They lay scattered on my beach. The beach was like having been hit by a bomb. A municipal front loader or an excavator had systematically dug up all the roses and filled them into containers for destruction. Only the deep traces from the heavy construction machinery and small parts og roots remained in the sand.
Today, the plant must be controlled, and it is on the Nature Agency’s list of landscape weeds. The Rugosa Rose is doomed condemned invasive – it is a stranger.

Thanks for this time, Wild Rose.