Cloud

2007

Painted aluminium, stainless steel cables and fittings, galvanised steel support poles and anchor cables

Dimensions variable (overall area 15 x 35 metres, height 9.5 metres)

Suspended above the roadway at the southern entry to the town, Cloud consists of a network of stainless steel cables incorporating 27 windvane panels. The windvanes sensitively adjust to changes in wind direction. Each panel is painted in two colours, one on each face. The colours are drawn from the local skyscape – on one side are the bruised blues of thunderclouds and on the other the rosier colours of sunrise/set. This airy structure hovers overhead forming a unique version of a traditional archway.

Location: Howitt Street, Warragul

Commissioner: Baw Baw Shire Council

Budget: $130,000

photo: Louise Lavarack

Sight Line

2004

Painted galvanised steel, acrylic inserts, painted aluminium panels, stainless steel bearings, internal polycarbonate enclosures housing LED lighting and circuitry, acoustic motion sensors

Dimensions variable (overall length of installation 360 metres, poles each 12.5 x 12.5 cm by 450 cm high plus windvane 70 x 90 cm)

Sight Line translates the ephemeral effects of wind and water movement at the pier. Each pole is topped by a windvane that sensitively adjusts to changes in wind direction. At night LED lighting visible in the slotted windows moves up and down in response to the waves passing below the pier. The overall visual impact is immediate and striking, enhancing the site with a sense of focus and drama, both day and night.

The coded graphics of the windvane panels spell out ‘arrive depart divide join’, a poetic evocation of the pier as a threshold site. Sight Line draws the eye out to the horizon, to the visual theatre of sea and sky, and to the places of imagination and dream.

Location: Frankston Pier and Forecourt

Commissioner: Frankston City Council

Budget: $230,000 (including $115,000 Victoria Commission 2002 from Arts Victoria)

photo: John Gollings

A Cloud of Bags

2002 (in collaboration with Briele Hansen)

Plastic shopping bags, painted steel, nylon VB cord, plastic and brass fittings, video projection

Dimensions variable (support frame 4 x 6 metres)

Hundreds of recycled plastic shopping bags form a pixellated image of a cloud in a blue sky. Each bag metaphorically reiterates the drops of moisture that form a cloud. The bags respond to the changing strength and direction of the wind – they undulate and rustle in lighter breezes, dance and crackle in stronger gusts. The image seems to be alive as the bags inflate and deflate, re-enacting the behaviour of clouds expanding or evaporating.

At nightfall the mass of bags becomes a billowing screen for a video projection of clouds speeding across the sky. The work plays the poetic against the prosaic and blurs representation with reality. The viewer perceives the natural world through the devices of a more artificial mediated world.

Commissioner: City of Melbourne Environmental Commissions
 
Exhibited: Melbourne City Square, August 2002
Collection: The artists
 

photo: Louise Lavarack and Briele Hansen

Horizon

2001

Wood, acrylic varnish, printed paper, PVA, stainless steel fittings

Dimensions variable (overall area 5.2 x 10.4 metres, poles 1.9 x 1.9 cm by 240 cm high)

Horizon fills the gallery with nearly 400 wooden poles suspended in space. This field hovers in perfectly poised tension between floor and ceiling, seemingly defying gravity. The bottom half of each pole is stained a watery green. The upper part is natural timber. Collaged around the centre of each pole is a page torn from Australian Tide Tables 2000. This delineates a jagged horizontal plane roughly bisecting the larger mass.

Shifting visual alignments of rows are apparent to a viewer moving around the perimeter. A viewer penetrating the field leaves a trail of poles wildly swinging, gyrating, flickering and occasionally knocking as they sway and settle back to stasis.

Horizon draws on ideas of charting or plotting movement through space. The shifting layers of poles evoke tidal ebb and flow as well as the vertical oscillations of an unstable horizon caught between opposing gravitational forces. Overall Horizon provides a contemplative and lyrically interactive experience for the viewer.

Exhibited: George Paton Gallery, University of Melbourne, April 2001

Collection: the artist

photo: Louise Lavarack

Grand Plan

2001

Galvanised steel, automotive enamel

Dimensions variable (poles 4 x 4 x 270 cm, overall area 8.1 x 8.1 metres)

In neat rows on a lawn stand one hundred poles, each painted in broad bands of colour. Shifting visual patterns and optical effects are generated as the viewer moves towards and around the forest of pole. The banded poles and their grid formation suggest the work of surveyors. They also evoke a structure perhaps under construction, perhaps in demolition.

Exhibited: Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award 2001 finalist exhibition, Werribee Park, Vic, March to May 2001
 
Awards: Toll Popular Choice Award 2001
 
Collection: private collector, regional NSW

photo: Louise Lavarack

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