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
Wooden clothes pegs, cold water dyes, acrylic varnish, nylon fishing line, stainless steel rod
Dimensions variable (overall 120 x 330 cm)
The humble domestic peg provides layers of meaning for the sumptuously woven Veil. Functionally pegs are the pinpoint of restraint that prevents freshly washed clothes from flying off into the sky or falling into the mud. Pegs also evoke the endless and repetitive behind-the-scenes labour necessary to sustain a household and family life.
Veil subverts these functions and elevates the peg from the relative privacy of the backyard to a more public realm. The dichotomy between public and private realms is resolved in the two-faced form of a ‘curtain’, the nominal function of which is to filter vision both into and out of a room. Suspended at the threshold between interior and exterior realms, the back-to-back surfaces of Veil have opposing colour treatments to emphasise the shift between our inner and outer worlds.
First exhibited: MARS, Port Melbourne (November 2007)
Collection: the artist
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
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
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)