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

Mn8

Proposal for temporary installation in public space

Mn8 is a wall of mobile phones standing in a busy pedestrian precinct. In standby mode the live feed image on each phone camera reveals events on the other side of the wall – a person on one side can signal to someone watching from the other side.

In addition simple SMS messaging activates a colour display that ripples across the massed phone screens for up to 60 seconds before reverting to standby mode. During the colour display an audio component provides a whispering soundscape discernible only to listeners in immediate proximity to the wall.

The result is a choreographing of the viewer – first drawing them near to inspect and interect via the cameras then pushing them back to take in the whole as the overall display changes.

Conceptually, Mn8 plays with ideas of connection (the phone) and separation (the wall). A wall divides people but in this case the phone cameras render the wall transparent. This virtual connection is then temporarily obliterated by activating the colour display. The interplay between acts of connection and separation, between the physical and the virtual folds back on itself.

Concept developed in response to the City of Melbourne brief for Illuminating Melbourne, 2007 

preliminary visualisation: FloodSlicer

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