Earlier in the year I proposed a work for an outdoor sculpture exhibition on the Victorian coast, to be held in October. I was very lucky to be accepted, and was particularly excited about making the proposed work.
And then, as I began to work on it, I realised just how great a task I had set myself.
The work will be a tidally driven lever. It will lift water up into the air. With the current dimensions, it will require about one hundred and fifty kilograms of weight in the weighted float to lift twelve litres of water into the air.
Below are screen shots from the last few months of building this behemoth in the computer. There have been about five major designs, and within each of those several incremental design alterations. It is almost there. The next step is for it to go to my engineer, to be put through all sorts of programs to ascertain whether it can actually survive the open ocean. And I will then have to gut my studio to be able to assemble a piece which in total will be about seven metres long by four metres tall by six metres wide, and will weigh close to a tonne (the concern being that my studio isn't actually that large...) The construction will happen as soon as I return from Sydney, in the two weeks before installation. And then installation will require a good team of the best (with a substantial amount of muscle – any takers?) to get it in place. I really should get onto designing the LW install team uniforms that were suggested recently... although they will probably need built-in wetsuits!
It is going to be mammoth task. And it is scary making a work that cannot be tested in any meaningful way prior to installation. But I am still excited about the potential outcome. I really hope it works.