Yarrabilba’s first artwork gestures – A welcome connection to place

Inflorescence, an iconic kinetic artwork by New Zealand artist Phil Price, celebrates the arrival to Yarrabilba and comprises two bold playful elements at either end of the Darlington Parklands. The dynamic components move gracefully in response to the breezes and provide an ever-changing work, creating continual intrigue for the growing Yarrabilba community. Inflorescence also pays homage to its inspiration, the Grevillea robusta, commonly known as the Silky Oak, a tree local to the area that is known for its unmistakable orange cone-like flower.

Yarrabilba’s inaugural Artist in Residence, Daniel Wallwork created the striking artwork Microcosm, which now sits proudly at the Yarrabilba Display Village. Over a two-week residency at Yarrabilba, Daniel researched local histories and ecosystems, and conducted workshops with community members, which resulted in the creation of this artwork located at the Display Village. Microcosm draws our attention to the small seed pods of the Twiggy Myrtle (Baekea Virgata) found throughout the waterways of Yarrabilba. These unassuming seed pods remain on the tree and only reveal their full beauty once they flower and flourish.

Daniel’s background in the automotive spraying trade shines through in this work, which comprises three stylised forms that appear almost cosmic in presence, yet are layered with histories from the site by incorporating designs into each of the forms: two rings suggest traditional Yugambeh Bora Ring sites; arrows reference the Camp Cable ‘Red Arrow’ military history of the site; and former industry is referenced by the land-clearing ball and chain that brought pine plantations to the area.

Inflorescence and Microcosm are the first in a program of works to be delivered by CREATIVEMOVE across precincts 1 and 2, with more exciting commissions currently underway for 2017.

 

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Phil Price, Inflorescence, 2016. Photo: A J Moller Phil Price, Inflorescence, 2016. Photo: A J Moller Phil Price, Inflorescence, 2016. Photo: A J Moller Daniel Wallwork, Microcosm, 2016. Photo: A J Moller Daniel Wallwork, Microcosm, 2016. Photo: A J Moller