LOST CIVILISATION

The material for this work was discovered alongside other discarded artifacts on metropolitan and city streets. After experimenting with the sculptural potential of these items; milk crates, traffic cones, pellets and garbage bins; I found the prolific nature of the crates to be an interesting material to sculpt with.  Initially the crates were used to form building blocks not dissimilar to Lego and after continual stacking, this method became far too obvious. I decided to cut into one of the crates and place it on top of a mirror – to uncover its internal reflections. Ten crates were eventually dissected and their discarded off cut’s would begin to look like anthropological specimens, receding into the studio floor. This observation proposed new questions; in a future where depleted fossil fuels meant that plastic was a rarity, would the milk crate become a priceless object; if it was found buried among the ruins of a city, would it be carefully unearthed and preserved in a museum? These questions became the narrative and context for the work, which was sited on St Georges Rd, Northcote.

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