Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, 2002
Bamboo poles, plated brass, LED lights, aeroplane ply, bicycle turbine, miscellaneous electronics
25 x light poles on 10m x 10m grid each 1.2m high.
This site specific work was created in response to the strong prevailing November winds over Marks Park Bondi and the site’s strong topography. Referencing “Lightning Field”, a site specific work by the American sculptor Walter de Maria, “Light Field” explores notions of topography, human scale within the landscape and wind.
A square grid has been laid upon the the landscape with light heads located at a notional adult eye height. Light Field falls with the slope rather than seeking the level datum utilised by “Lightning Field”. The diurnal manifestation is a subtle swaying field of light tipped bamboo poles with the kinetic play of the wind turbine.
Nocturnally, the field becomes a shifting blanket of flashing lights, suspended above the ground, increasing in intensity and regularity with the strength of the wind.
My first major artwork shown in public… Always had a soft spot for it… really captures some of the things that are important to me: the site specific, a direct relationship to the environment and varies with the time of day and the prevailing conditions.Michael