Made over seven days from the moment bulldozers entered the field, and working from dawn till dusk, this sculpture was a protest against housing development on prime vegetable growing land in Mount Barker SA. The seed pod forms were constructed of the last harvest of plants in that place- the yellow dock weed- and I had to climb onto a platform on the roof of my car to reach the tops. Unexpected visitors fron town brought me biscuits and orange juice while I worked (each form up to 3m H X 1m W).A year later the forms had slumped over in rain and wind, looking like quiet beasts grazing in the dry grass and harbouring a field mouse city of tunnels and nests.
Rooftop installation in Rundle street Adelaide during SALA week- a meditation walk form using water at the centre as a “sky clock” and fruiting woods with grapevine woven over- visitors tied slips of red cloth onto willow withies, sending a wish for loved ones on the wind(12m W x 1m H).
At the old East End Fruit Markets in Adelaide- built using wood fired oven technology - the hand fired clay bricks (hand cut into 3000 wedge shapes by friends)were dry stacked over packed straw, with the topmost tiny piece placed from a painters scaffold. The form was kept true to vertical with a hanging plumbob.The form appeared to lift the floor of worn red bricks towards the aged wood beams overhead(2m W x 3m H).
Barbed wire/red madder root dyed wool/blackberry strands and red clay create the white man’s “basket” of possession, speaking of the early impact of fencing on the land (1.5m W x 2.5m H).'Hunting spirit' is written with my finger into the fine red brick dust underneath.