Sculptural commission for Wren Medical Suites
Brisbane, Queensland 2021.
In collaboration with CREATIVEMOVE
Fabrication & Installation, Crafted bespoke fabrications
Aluminum, laser cut with 2-Pak paint surface treatment, 2500 x 2000 x 800mm.
Inflorescence is inspired by research into the development of new medicines from plants, and reflects the notion of bringing together expertise and creativity to allow new processes and concepts to bloom. The sculpture combines the sinuous forms of nearby Bowen Park’s wrought iron gate with delicate blooms based on the RNA Prize winning Richelieu lace doily created by Elsie Wright. (Queensland Museum, Elsie Wright Collection). My intent was to create a sculpture that melds both botanical and architectural forms, and in doing so, honour some of the history of the site.
Completed project: Site perspectives and detail
Images by Pete Waddington Photographer.
Process and concept development
Concept exploration was around the creation of plants that can produce medicines, expressed as hybrid entities, depicted with a melding of built and natural forms. Formal aspects were based upon the sinuous forms seen in the wrought iron gate at Bowen Park in combination with botanical details of key plant species, sprouting effusively. This project also allowed me to explore a three dimensional interpretation of an existing textile reference. Studio processes of drawing and model making led onto collaborative explorations with Jason Kahl in the workshop to realise the work.
Above image: Panel detail from Anonymous, Northern Busway Alliance – Busway Heritage Interpretation Project.
Bowen Bridge Road, Herston, Queensland, 2009. Site photo by Rod Buchholz.