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Just One Week Left to Experience Sculpture at Scenic World 2019
The artists exhibiting at Sculpture at Scenic World are world class and have come up with an amazing range of work. Most touch on the themes of preserving our natural environment and highlighting the human impact on our natural environment in a wide range of inventive interpretations.
Here are what the artists had to say about a few of our favourites.
Language is the most fundamental element of all cultures; it forms a person’s identity with oral history, customs and valuable knowledge embedded in one’s mother tongue. My artwork aims to raise awareness at a grass roots level of the intrinsic value in keeping languages alive and the invaluable
resource that they are to us all.
Although my work has originated from personal experience – a first generation Australian not taught to speak the native language of my immigrant parents – it has a global message. Keeping languages alive is imperative to everyone including the preservation of the remaining Indigenous Australian languages.
My artwork is a mixed media installation in the form of the English letter ‘Y’, chosen as there is no letter Y in my parents’ mother tongue and conversely when pronounced by the viewer they are active participants in asking “why” languages disappear.
The ubiquitous eucalyptus tree flourishes all over the world. Its’ leaf adorns this work and represents the hope that we can also keep the native languages of both Indigenous and non Indigenous Australians alive and thriving.
This spinning portal installation echoes stories of vast riches clawed from the greater Blue Mountains and surrounding townships. Coal mining was the backbone industry of this vast region for many years, with disused shafts still dotted throughout the region. Copper, silver and gold have also been found by tenacious prospectors willing to try their luck.
The Katoomba coal tramway played a vital role within this mining history, carrying coal and shale from the top of the steep industrial railway to the Great Western Railway at Katoomba. As the legend goes, in 1945 Harry Hammon was filling his ute up with loose coal next to the disused mine below when he came up with the idea to turn it into a tourist attraction. It was then reimagined as the world-renowned Scenic Railway.
If you are walking in this forest on a misty morning, or on dusk, you may see the faint glint of metal, suspended in floating circular portals. Rich Pickings represents the precious metals drawn from this earth and the dreams of the miners who toiled so hard for these riches. Dream big, go for gold.
Blue blue mountains
Blue blue Mountains is an optical installation, a play with words and colours.
The Blue Mountains is densely populated by oil bearing Eucalyptus trees. These trees fill the atmosphere with finely dispersed droplets of oil, which, in combination with dust particles and water vapor, scatter short-wave length rays of light which are predominantly blue in colour – hence creating the illusion of a blue landscape. While this phenomenon occurs only when viewing the landscape from a distance, Blue blue Mountains aims to create a similar experience close up and within the rainforest itself.
Playing with complementary colours and the way our eyes are work, the public is invited to immerse themselves within and view the surrounding nature through a massive lens of orange. A subtle reference to the original phenomena can be found in the work through small perforations in the Perspex. When looking at the view through the lens, these holes will appear blue, creating an alternative blue experience of the Blue Mountains.
The work doesn’t just play with the way our eyes work; it exploits how our mind processes colour to point out that everything we see is an illusion.
We are entering an age of extinction, thanks to the burning of fossil fuels. Made from coal, Regret is an embodiment of our possible future. The figure looms large, downcast, reflecting on a world of destruction and decay of his own making. The sting of regret lies in the tragic realisation that our misfortune is the consequence of our own actions.
The age of the Anthropocene is the proposed current geological epoch in which humans are the primary cause of permanent planetary change. Some scientists believe the world has already begun this sixth mass extinction.
A recent study found that human actions have destroyed 60% of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles since 1970.
Through art, we can imagine our future, and I have seen Regret as a possible future. This work serves as a meditation, to spur us into action rather than wallow in apathy.
The warm temperate rainforest of the Blue Mountains National Park is an incredibly important resource valued for its unique biodiversity and healthy functioning of soil and water cycles, as well as cultural and aesthetic considerations. Forests are naturally resilient and will bounce back after disturbance such as fire, drought or insect infestation. But the pressure of man’s actions can disturb and destroy this balance.
These white forms represent the fruiting bodies of fungi that help to break down the leaf litter and recycle the nutrients in the soil. They reflect the beauty of living things and represent the fragility of the forest.
The forms are hollow balls constructed from paper. In the natural environment they are incredibly robust, surviving intact in torrential rain and high winds, but man’s actions can easily destroy them. It’s a choice.
Make sure you also visit Sculpture Otherwise at the World Heritage Exhibition and City Art Gallery.
Sculpture Otherwise showcases a diverse array of sculptural practice and small works by exhibiting artists. The indoor exhibition provides a fantastic opportunity for collectors and the public to purchase works by emerging, mid-career and established Australian artists.
Present your wristband for free entry into the World Heritage Exhibition and City Art Gallery.
Until Sunday May 5 only.
And brand new to Sculpture at Scenic World this year is TRACKS, a trail of outdoor artworks exhibited at iconic Blue Mountains locations.
TRACKS explores the marks we make and traces we leave behind as we traverse the landscape.
Featuring some of Australia’s finest sculptors, the art trail extends to the Carrington Hotel, the Fairmont Resort, Scenic World, the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Blue Mountains YHA and Braemar Gallery at the Springwood Hub.
Images © Fresh Air Daily
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