SPRING BAY SCULPTURE INSTALLATION
In 2015 I had the opportunity to take part in Reorder a site specific exhibition at the decommissioned woodchip mill at Spring Bay on Tasmania's East coast. The exhibition, organised as part of the Tasmanian International Arts Festival, gave participants the opportunity to use a large scale industrial environment, and to utilise found objects from the site to comment on the past and future of the site.
The installation was constructed in a
storage building to give the viewer a sense that they were standing both
in a valley of tree stumps with hills rising towards the roof on either side, and at the same
time that they were walking up an aisle towards a shrine. The shrine holds a solitary silver
chip under a glass dome - a reliquary of nature destroyed - a memento
mori to the seemingly inevitable death of all things natural in the
wake of human expansion.
From the experience of undertaking this installation the idea of memorialising a selection wood chips in sterling silver developed.