Identity, Place Making
"Here" acknowledges the birthplace of ideas across a multitude of creative fields. It seeks to ensure that the provenance and history of these original contributions will not be lost, providing the passer-by with a sense of where ideas were both born and cultivated. These areas of inspiration range from houses to sidewalks, cafés to bus stops, encapsulating almost any public space that may have generated and sparked ideas. These ideas include spots where authors have penned books, theatre playwrights have observed characters, painters and sculptors have captured scenes and where designers have conceived their genius.
“Here’s Melbourne” focuses on a number of established artists, locating the precise geographical genesis of their thoughts and concepts. All great ideas originate from both a fresh perspective and an environment or surroundings that initiate inspiration. The white square resembles the blank canvas and emergence of an idea through time, slowly revealing a monument to the genesis of a concept. The motivation was to create a series of monuments which can also work as an interactive art piece for the general public to engage with. Inspired by Rauschenberg’s “Erased a DeKooning Drawing” (1953), which emphasises the discovery of artwork and highlights what is beyond the surface, the piece uses a series of white squares for the monuments to encapsulate the notion of the artist as the curator of ideas.
The final design focuses on a series of these minimal white squares scattered around the inner city of Melbourne where the ideas of each artist’s works were realised. The positioning of the monuments are near famous landmarks or cafes around the city; an automatic engagement with foot traffic passing by.
Degradation and Decay