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photo: Louise Lavarack

01.06.1999

1999

Plastic tubes, steel pins, printed paper

Dimensions variable (3 cabinets, overall 270 x 575 x 50 cm)

I cut the complete score of Wagner’s Lohengrin into strips and then reconfigured them in three glass-fronted cabinets, one for each act of the opera. The paper strips issue from short lengths of curved black tube fixed to the wall then gather like wood shavings on the floor of the cabinet. The five rows of tubing echo the staves in a musical score and the short lengths of black tube are reminiscent of musical notation. The mechanical order of the base grid transmutes into something organic and lyrical.

Exhibited: RMIT University, June 1999
Collection: The artist

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