Parts Of A Whole
The project begun with a round table discussion of the theme. The purpose of the installation was to honour the 2018 Invictus Games and to celebrate the sponsorship Deloitte provided. However, as the work is to stay beyond the closing ceremony, we wanted it to continue delighting for years to come.
And so, we suggested that the overarching theme would be ‘Human Spirit’.
How have you attempted to invoke the spirit of the upcoming Invictus games in your practice? What underlying understandings of disability rights and experience informed the work?
We chose to look at the effect that disability has on a whole community rather than simply the individual, in order to understand that this is not a journey that anyone should have to take alone.
The Invictus Games provides a strong network for its competitors to find encouragement, witness strength and be inspired by others around them and we felt it was important to show that it takes a village. Hopefully this will encourage open discussion and sharing of experiences between veterans and their biggest supporters; the community around them.
What are you hoping this work will do for people visiting Deloitte? What experience do you want them to have?
Visitors to Deloitte will already be aware of the contribution the company make not only to the Invictus Games but also to the arts, so we are honoured to install this artwork in the foyer of one of Harry Seidler’s most iconic buildings. There are thousands of components which we believe will mean something different to every viewer, and it is our hope that this artwork will capture the imagination of passers by and deep thinkers alike.
What was the biggest unexpected challenge of creating a work like this?
This artwork absolutely had to be approached from more of an engineering angle. We really wanted to make sure it had a floating appearance and didn’t rely on a considerable amount of framework (despite its weight). Each block is also intended to rotate, allowing the work to constantly change its appearance, so we had to fight with gravity to prevent the blocks compounding together. The last challenge was the curve in the wall and creating something that would fit perfectly to this arc while also working in another space, should the work ever be moved.
Interview originally appeared on Art Pharmacy Consulting
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