As the final hole in the Leisure Land Golf course, Ellie Harrison’s Life Raft – a scale map of the UK floating in the adjacent canal – offers a safe haven to immigrant golf balls that can make the treacherous crossing. In a typically playful way, Harrison’s work hints towards a somewhat darker time in the future, when the continued rise in global temperatures creates a vast number of ‘climate refugees’ desperate to escape to more temperate climes.
Ellie Harrison (b. London 1979) is an artist and activist based in Glasgow. She studied Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University, Goldsmiths College and Glasgow School of Art. Harrison’s work aims to investigate, expose and challenge the absurd consequences of our capitalist system – particularly climate change – and to explore the impact free-market forces are having on our society and our individual day-to-day lives. As well as making playful, politically-engaged works for gallery contexts and the public realm, Harrison is also the coordinator of the Bring Back British Rail campaign – which strives to popularise the idea of re-nationalising of the UK’s public transport system.
Life Raft takes inspiration from floating weather map used on ITV’s This Morning in the ’80s and ’90s, via artist John O’Shea who she collaborated with on The Other Forecast project in 2013.