A response to Brexit – this largescale installation depicts a conspicuously yellow forklift overwhelmed in its attempt to raise a wooden crate. A solitary choreography between two common objects of function conveys a sense of heavy exasperation. Monolithic in presence, the work sits isolated on a plane, highlighting the symbiotic yet lifeless existence of both objects.
Hot with the Chance of a Late Storm Sculpture by the Sea, Sydney
Many a child cried when this sculpture appeared at Tamarama beach. But the simple twist of making an entire ice-cream van melt all over the sand provided many more with the most potent climate change message imaginable. The work was even featured at the Paris Climate summit.
A seemingly strong and stable relationship can sometimes reach a point where the arrival of a single question can sow a seed of doubt or destruction. This artwork allowed the audience to explore this downfall in a literal way. By entering an ordinary looking house, visitors discovered this one rained on the inside. Continuously. At the beginning of the 30 day experience, it was relatively exciting. But after a few days, the deterioration was palpable. And the rot had set in.
It’s one thing to take a plastic chair to the top of a mountain. But take a couple of hundred of them – and you get the chance to create something rather more magical than something to sit on. This series saw ordinary objects transformed into extraordinary artworks.
As years go by, our connection to historic events moves from survivors to images. For the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli, an 8-hour performance was created to bring soldier’s stories back to life. It featured a re-enactment of a black-and-white image in city streets around New Zealand.
Written by DDB, Auckland Directed by The Glue Society
When Google Earth splashed onto the scene, in an instant the world got a chance to see itself from a new perspective. And it was amazing how readily we accepted these images as gospel truth. It raised questions in our minds. What if satellite photography had been around in biblical times? How would we react to seeing the parting of the Red Sea, Noah’s ark, the garden of Eden and the crucifixion? Atheists said it proved their point. And extraordinarily, true believers said the same.