Tents or tepees are the homes of the nomad. Like any encampment these six tent–like forms are placed in a circle, both for safety and aesthetic purposes. Their supporting stainless steel poles ensure that the metal ‘skins’ are held slightly above the ground, giving lightness to their form and the impression that their presence is temporary. Used as traditional accommodation for Indian or Bedouin tribesmen, for medieval knights preparing for battle, or as a site for peaceful protest, Encampment has connotations of community, tradition and of shared goals. Diane Maclean’s Encampment provides an encounter between nature and high technology, between organic and mineral materials, between the natural and man–made. The annealed brownish–purple finish reflects both the colour of the materials used for traditional Native American wigwams and the fires central to the camp. Encampment also has a strong presence in nature, its surfaces both reflecting and absorbing the surrounding environment.