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I’ve been busy working on a new public artwork (through Arts Tasmania) for the recently refurbished Burnie Child and Family Centre (Tasmania) and I’m pretty excited about this one! It moves.

I have been wanting to design a hanging work for a while now (as can be seen by the numerous pinterest references).

I bought a somewhat scrappy mobile (1960s?) from an antique shop in Darlinghurst when I lived there and it has followed me from house to house for the last 10 years. Its a beautiful object despite the dings and amateur reparations. I love the way it just quietly goes about its business, presenting with each turn a shift in composition and a new picture to admire.

So when this project came along I knew it was time to pull out the wire-cutters and crimping tools!

The location – 3 large light wells in a child and family centre (could it be more perfect?). The clients theme – ‘where forest meets ocean‘.

The designs are simple. Organic forms representative of foliage, sea and land are cut from coloured acrylic and marine plywood and suspended from steel cable. The light catches the acrylic creating animated reflections and shadows on the surrounding walls and floor. The timber adds a warmth and contrast to the shiny sharp surface of the acrylic. My favorite part? The huon pine spheres, turned beautifully by Simon Raffan. They smell amazing.

More about the project and the works themselves once they’re completed.

For now I thought I’d post a few pics of the work in progress…

I have Rolf at Acme Engineering working on the structural side of things. Bending steel rod and creating moveable fixtures to assist in finding the perfect balance points.

And Robert at Xanderware, again helping out with his knowledge and expertise in all things lasercut.

Not to mention the hours spent trawling the net to find appropriate fixtures and components (there’s a fisherman somewhere in Canada wondering why anyone would need forty 100kg load swivels!)

I’m looking forward to piecing them together this week and hanging them for the first time.

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