Woodsorrel Garden Gallery
The Woodsorrel Garden Gallery sits in the centre of the formal garden on Woodsorrel, my Animal Crossing island. I use this space to host exhibitions of installation art.
Information and viewing notes for the current exhibition, Good Night, are further down this page.
The Garden Gallery came about when my partner decided to try Animal Crossing on my Switch, played long enough to set up a tent, and then didn’t log in again. Stuck with an uninhabited tent in an inconvenient location, I eventually logged in as them and upgraded the tent to a house so that I could move it out of my new garden and into the woods. After a few weeks of running past a small, empty house full of cockroaches I thought about what I could perhaps do with that space. Second homes aren’t my style, so I decided to upgrade it, move it back into the garden, and turn it into a creative outlet—an art gallery. The Woodsorrel Garden Gallery opened on 23 May 2020.
Anyone is welcome to visit the Gallery and current exhibition. To visit, please DM me or email me for a Dodo Code during the following hours (BST):
These hours may change depending on real-world circumstances. If you’d like to visit but these hours don’t work for you, let me know and we’ll work something out.
23 May 2020 – 14 June 2020 (probably)
Six pieces of installation art exploring the feelings of nighttime.
All pieces by Sarah Cole.
— Lobby Space —
“Funeral of Stars”
— West Gallery —
In 2017 in spent approximately 30 days either on or waiting for trains. So much time spent waiting yet in transit. I think I’m still waiting for a train now, waiting for that feeling of being on the way somewhere. This is that feeling.
— North Gallery —
A recreation “Sea of Time’98” by Tatsuo Miyajima, as seen at Naoshima in May 2019.
“This old house called “Kadoya,” built about 200 years ago, was restored using Japanese plaster, smoked cedar board, and traditional roof tiles. Miyajima built a water pool inside the house, and put LED devices which counts from 1 to 9 in the water. He called for local residents to participate in his “time-setting” workshop, and had 125 people to adjust the speed of each counter.”
— East Gallery —
“See You Next Week?”
I miss you, my friends. I’ve sat with under these beautiful trees with you in Animal Crossing, beside our picnic that we cannot eat. It’s nice, but it’s not the same. I long to eat M&S picnic snacks (sweaty in their plastic packets) with you on a cloudy day in a scrubby park full of giddy children and lurking pigeons.
— Upper Gallery —
“I Like The Moon”
I hope you like it too.
— Lower Gallery —
I first compulsively built a black maze in this space, almost impossible to navigate in the dark, but then I thought better of it. I miss the city. I miss wandering after dark, discovering bright pools of activity. You can’t really recreate that in a basement in Animal Crossing but I wanted to try anyway.
Reviews for ‘Good Night’
Review: Good Night at Woodsorrel Garden Gallery — Nick Murray, 24 May 2020