Threshold

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photo: Louise Lavarack

photo: Louise Lavarack

01.07.2006

2006

Painted steel

Dimensions variable (overall area 8 x 8 metres each group of poles, poles 9 x 9 cm or 5 x 5 cm by 350 cm high)

Threshold stands in two sentinel groups on the banks of Kororoit Creek. On the west bank the poles are slender, while on the east bank they are thicker and more widely spaced. The poles are painted in alternating bands of colour derived from the bark colours of the river red gums that grew along the creek before European settlement. This banded treatment also suggests the now-vanished flood markers that once stood at this place.

For a viewer moving by, the bands form optical patterns that shift and change; a few metres movement one way or the other causes the patterns to disintegrate or re-form. From a distance Threshold is visually mystifying, inviting the viewer to move closer in order to understand the source of its intriguing and elusive visual effects. Threshold playfully engages the viewer and honours the nature and history of a particular place.

Location: Kororoit Creek at Barnes Road Bridge, Altona North, Vic

Commissioner: Hobsons Bay City Council

Budget: $71,000

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