Iteratio

Proposal for the public foyer of a concert hall

Iteratio transfigures musical form into sculptural form. Suspended overhead are undulating rows of long pipes painted inside and out in a limited palette of rich colours. Each pipe is encircled at the lower end by floating, mirror-finish stainless steel rings that reflect and fragment the movement of audiences gathered below. The repetition of these elegant ‘pulse modules’ ambiguously suggest various kinds of musical instruments, or voices in a choir, or perhaps the individual notes in a musical score. The modulated configurations articulate the melodic lines and rhythmic progressions of orchestral composition and evoke the waves of sound that engulf an audience during a performance.

Concept shortlisted for Hamer Hall Public Art Commission at The Arts Centre, Melbourne in 2011

preliminary visualisation: FloodSlicer

Ebb Flow

2011

Painted steel

Dimensions variable (overall area 4.8 x 52.8 metres, poles 9 x 9 cm by 400 cm high)

Ebb Flow is as an integral component of a new wetland park designed by Fitzgerald Frisby Landscape Architecture at Toomuc Creek Reserve in Pakenham. There stormwater is managed as a valued resource. Periodic flooding is essential to the health of a wetland, and this, along with seasonal cycles and other overlapping rhythms of the natural world, have inspired Ebb/Flow.

The repetition of form, the rhythmic variations in the spacing of poles, and the undulating patterns in the colours, all suggest a three-dimensional diagram that evokes those used to represent annual oscillations of temperature and rainfall, or the undulations of diurnal and lunar cycles.

Location: Edenbrook Estate, Pakenham

Collection: Cardinia Shire Council (gift of Devine Communities)

Awards: 2012 Award for Design in Landscape Architecture from Australian Institute of Landscape Architects

photo: Louise Lavarack

Moved into River Studios

February 2011

I have taken up a tenancy in one of 50 studios at River Studios in West Melbourne, part of the Creative Spaces Program managed by City of Melbourne. The studio complex is housed in an old furniture factory on the banks of the Maribyrnong River.

For more information visit the Creative Spaces website.

Flight Path

Proposal for viewing platform on a steep hillside or cliff top

Flight Path is an elegantly simple viewing platform in the stylised form of a soaring bird. It consists of three undulating planes bolted together – a 10 metre long walkway and upraised wings all surfaced in expanded steel mesh. Stepping along the walkway the visitor sees straight through the mesh to the ground dropping away and the increase of space beneath. The plane of the walkway is not level and requires some attention as the visitor travels along it. At the terminal point handrail, the wings, rather than providing protection and shelter, are see-through. The wind penetrates too. There is no respite from space and air. This is the quintessential experience of the hovering bird.

This concept was shortlisted for Gowanbrae Civic Centre Public Art Commission in 2011.

preliminary model
photo: Louise Lavarack

New Order

2009

Galvanised steel cage, recycled domestic objects

Dimensions variable (columns 60 cm diameter by 400 cm high)

New Order refers to the ruined remains of ancient Greek architecture. In Sparta Place however, the universally recognised form of the classic Ionic column is constructed from contemporary materials and kitchenalia. An intriguing interplay between past and present is thus set up. From a distance the line of columns suggests the grand architectural scale of the past, while at close quarters the more modest scale of suburban life becomes apparent.

Location: Sparta Lane, Brunswick

Commissioner: Moreland City Council

Budget: $47,000

photo: Louise Lavarack

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