'SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY' 2015
The brief called for a iconic work that would resonate with the Community around Selandra Rise Community Centre.
Commissioned by Casey Council, the work uses as its main symbolic reference, the concept of growth in this new and developing area. The Centre has a large attendance from young children, and the four horizontal elements are designed to engage the children, while they explore the meanings and symbolic referenced embedded in the work.
The right hand image shows the work just after installation and before the lawn was installed.
The four 'PLAY' elements are named, Uluru, The Peanut, The Slippery Slide and The Cove.
These low lying works average approximately 1.5 meters long and are filled with concrete to allow a robust interaction with the users of the facility. The 'Mirror Polished' organically formed 'stripes' embedded on the 'Satin Polished' surfaces, represent the 'Journeys that people take during their lives', and reinforces the concept of 'Coming together as a Community', building in strength and potential.
The Main vertical feature is over 5 meters tall, and has LED lighting, and symbols sourced from the Pre School and Playgroup participants.These delightfully naive symbols are of their family members, and add a 'local' site specific connection.
The works are fabricated from several types of high quality stainless steel, including a stainless steel that has a unique and robust patina often mistaken for wood or rusted steel, developed by the Artist over many years.