The artwork

“Amulet monumentalises a simple gesture, a twisted loop of grass, to draw attention to our relationship with and dependence on the Earth. A timeless symbol, the circle is associated with the reciprocity of the Earth and the idea that nature and finance must become equal partners. The gilded circle of Amulet evokes a wealth that is bound to the earth and to sustainability. Throughout history, cultures have used braided material as both a tool and a metaphor where each strand is made stronger by being bound with others – individuals and collectives who come together for the greater good”

Dalziel + Scullion, 2019

The sculpture

Amulet, by artists Dalziel + Scullion, will be a gilded circle of braided grass depicting the entwined aspects of economics, planet and people. The sculpture will be approximately 4m in diameter and weigh between 1 and 2 tonnes, depending on the material used for the casting.

Three clear priorities emerge from Amulet’s form:

  • Net zero + nature – Its circular shape expresses the imperative for finance to cause zero environmental harm. Banks and the financial sector must align their balance sheets with net-zero greenhouse gas emissions targets. Mobilising sufficient finance for biodiversity and ecosystem services must also be critical goals for finance to make real.
  • Holistic impact – Amulet is a connected whole, communicating the vital need for finance to deliver holistic and interconnected impact across economic, social and environmental dimensions.
  • Serving everyone – Everyone can make a braid of grass – and through its simplicity, Amulet sends out a message that finance is not an elite activity but one that we all have agency to regulate.

The artists

Matthew Dalziel and Louise Scullion are Scottish based artists working with sculpture, photography, video and sound exploring new ways to engage with the subjects of the environment and ecology.

Dalziel + Scullion’s proposal for Amulet was selected in 2018, following a competition that considered the work of twenty artists. Matthew Dalziel and Louise Scullion’s internationally acclaimed artworks serve as conduits between people and nature and have been widely exhibited in the UK and abroad.

Dalziel + Scullion’s powerful design for Amulet elegantly interweaves propserity, people and planet and has the potential to become a highly respected symbol of sustainable finance, galvanising action and change.

You can find out more about Dalziel + Scullion on their website.