TITLE: The Fence
LOCATION: Brunswick, Australia
MEDIUMS: Plastic Strews and Fences
Fences will be used as a big grid art board, and pieces of plastic drinking straws will be adapted as drawing lines. Each pieces of drinking straw follows and relates to the grid of the fence. When arranging together, it will show imagery of many things. The project also plays with sight of viewers. Obviousness of the work depends on a distance between the fence and the audience’s eyes. When watching closer, viewers might see nothing but fences. If step back and look it again, images will appear.
I tried to simplify objects, furniture, character and what involve with human’s lifestyle into fence’s pattern; then fix them on fence because these could be noticed easily by sight. The work might revive the space, and provide life, happiness and colour to the site. The work encourages viewers seeing the work and trying to guess what the images are. Pedestrians and cycling people could experience the work that different from other illegal graffiti on street. These might encourage the audience to think that which art they should keep and which one should neglect.
The Fence is part of MoreArt Public Art Show 2011, which is organised by Moreland Council. The work exhibits near Safeway shopping shore between Jewell Station and Brunswick Station during 2nd and 31st of October 2011.
I had joined with Moreart public art touring, organized by a touring bicycle group called Squeaky Wheel Rides, with approximately 50 visitors on Saturday 2nd of October 2011. Then I had an opportunity to present the work in front of the audience who rode bicycle to watch artworks along the train line. Many audiences were curious about what it was made of, how it was installed, and how to fix the straw with the fence. Many of them took a photo, and curious how fixing the plastic strew with the fence. Many especially children tries to imagine what the shape on the fence was.
EFFECTS ON THE SPACE:
Found that many bikers glanced, or turned his or her head and looked to the work while cycling on the track. Some one cycled slower and watching the work. A lot of pedestrians stopped walking and taking a photo. Customers of Safeway watched the work for a moment while some family walked to the site, tried to imagine and spoke what imagery he or she saw in the fence to each other. People who travel on the train also can see the work. Groups of student and youth sit and laid their bodies on the grass in front of the work, then talked and shared some snack to each other. However, It was found that a week after installation there was a new graffiti behind the work and someone had painted my information board showing my artist’s statement.