“A Float” 26 Dec 2012 – 2 Jan 2013
By Artists in Transit (Ro Murray and Susie Williams)
Site specific installation (photographed at Ambush Gallery 4 James Street Waterloo)
Materials: synthetic grass off cuts, plywood canoe, discarded electrical cables, found steel, recycled plastic bottles, cloth tape
The boat form is used to take us from this world to another. The work is a measured orientation. The forensic marks are records of lost vegetation; spent resources and lost sustainability. “A float” is a promise to repay something.“A Float” flags our mistakes and suggests we need to make sustainable alternatives before we sink.
The vessels contain cargo of our world: computer power cables, steel train track connectors and plates, water bottles. The boats are orientated north, acknowledging the preferred aspect to live in harmony with the sun and the wind in southern hemisphere. The railway track elements refer to Chippendale adjoining Central Station, the possibility of a green link along rail lines.
The empty water bottles refers to wasted rainwater down stormwater drains, wasted power for desalination plant and wasted oil to make and transport plastic water bottles.