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What you want to do in the public space and why?

My proposal is to create a large scale public artwork installation that celebrates the lushness of life in Darwin. Fungi, mould and algae are typically considered unpopular growth in our households and gardens, my idea is to highlight the hidden beauty of these organisms. I propose to make large scale installation of concrete orbs inspired by these moulds and fungi which, as well as being quirky, will also function as a place for people to sit creating a sitting landscape made up of multipurpose elements. Not only will these sculptures act as opportunities for sitting they will also capture characteristics that are quintessentially Darwin, quirky playful and irreverent, through their form and design. Looking under a microscope at common black mould reveals a beautiful pattern of branching organic matter and this concept is what will drive the aesthetic of the sculptures. In addition to this the area maps of the suburbs of Darwin will be represented on to each orb as a reference point for people to connect with individual pieces of the sculpture but also acting as bright colourful elements of adornment. Recently there has been some community conversation that has been looking at life in Darwin as having a deficit when compared to other cities in Australia. In turning something like mould and fungi into unique items of beauty I intend to confront these ideas by celebrating these organisms and Darwin’s periods of extreme fertile growth as a bonus of living here. Public art that allows the public to sit on invites us to experience it on a sensory level by touching it and physically exploring it and Frog Hollow will not only be enhanced by the art it will also be activated as the sculpture will create places under the shade of existing trees for people to sit.

How you will make this project happen?

Utilising support in kind of the Maddalozzo Group, local contractors and my own experience and knowledge I will design, create the sculptural installation as well as project manage the entire project and installation.

When will the project start and finish? How long will it take?

The project will start upon announcement of Grant success (mid-December) it will finish approximately mid-May. The project will take approximately 5 months from design phase to final install.

What permits or whose permission will you need to implement the project? What do you already have and what will you need to obtain?

Support in kind from the Maddalozzo Group has already been sought and approved for technical knowledge, skills, facilities and equipment. I will obtain the necessary engineering reports as required.

How will you deliver the project, including how many people will be involved and any partnerships you have developed?

With the assistance and direction of Master Fabricator Moreno Mattiazzo of the Maddalozzo Group I will create the individual sculpture orbs out of plaster and then from this make moulds with fibreglass. The moulds will be filled with surplus building material concrete from Boral Concrete (this has the added bonus of recycling). Once cured the sculptures will be painted and then sealed with anti-graffiti matte clear coat. Upon completion of all sculptures an installation schedule will be arranged and crane truck and any other necessary installation requirements organised.

How will you know your project is successful?

Whilst it is difficult to measure the intrinsic benefits of experiencing public art in everyday life, seating is crucial to the success of a public space. Frequent visits over time to measure the use of the sculpture as an attraction and as an opportunity to rest will be the best way to gauge the success of the project.

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