Passages – The Sculpture
Fabricator: Blacksmiths Atelier
Artwork: Passages - The Sculpture
Showcased: Cnr of Redland Bay and Moreton Bay Rds, Capalaba
About the project
The Redland Council was our client in this instance, and set the brief – an entry statement to the Capalaba region that addresses the unique history and character of the place. The final design evolved from a lengthy process of research into that history, discussions with client and Quandamooka representatives, analysis of site – orientation, sight lines, ambient lighting , etc. From which Gail & I, over several weeks, made many sketches that became scale models that were changed and refined until we knew it was right.
After the client approved the design, we took the scale model to our structural engineers who applied their maths and provided certification; after which our fabricators, The Blacksmiths Atelier in Rosemont, QLD went to work. Together we spent 10 weeks cutting, bending, welding, grinding and polishing the parts. The six elements that make up the sculpture were packed into a 40′ container and sent to site. With the help of a small Franna crane, the 6 pieces were secured to the footings in 3.5 hours. The electricians then installed our bespoke lighting and the Council landscaped the base area.
Aluminium is our preferred metal, and Capral Aluminium is our preferred supplier, to which we embed glass or polycarbonates, contrasting metals like copper or brass, and occasionally apply colour. We prefer aluminium for its stability in harsh saline environments and for its ability to absorb bumps and scratches without rusting further. It is a low maintenance material.
This sculpture is now located on the cnr of Redland Bay and Moreton Bay Rds, Capalaba. Although it is a permanent fixture, it has been designed for possible relocation should there ever be changes in road design for the area.
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