Catriona Stanton

Public art in collaboration with Urban Art Projects

Two public art commissions for Darwin have been produced in collaboration with Urban Art Projects: Flock in 2016 and Canopy in 2017.

  Flock suspended in the Darwin International Airport Atrium

The movement of a flock of birds is the wellspring of inspiration for this artwork. The Flock is chosen as a symbol of flight through the air, connection though the migration of many over long distances and protection as birds swirl in elaborate formations to avoid predators.

The fundamental design strategy is based on the linear herringbone motif which has associations with essential elements of the Top End like rain and rarrk (indigenous cross hatching). The arrangement of these rhythmical components is in the form of a kite with the arc of a wingspan and gliding tail.

The palette is in the bright tropical spectrum of the Gouldian Finch, one of Northern Australia’s most iconic bird species, once considered a common wild Finch, now endangered. http://www.cdu.edu.au/enews/stories/finch-food.

“Home to more than 400 species of birds, Darwin and its surrounding area is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Diverse habitats – the harbour, mangrove-lined creeks, billabongs, savannah woodlands and seasonal wetlands – nurture diverse migratory and endemic species.” www.travelnt.com

Canopy on completion at Casuarina Square, Darwin

In the Plantation Kitchen Eatery Atrium of Casuarina Shopping Square customers are invited to retreat into the cool calm environment of Canopy providing welcome respite from the searing heat outside. Canopy consists of leaves pods and tendrils crafted in a light-weight plywood creating an earthy palette.

Inspiration is drawn from Indigenous bush food, local Asian market garden produce, Greek patio vines, Darwin cuisine, symmetry in nature and constellations in the night sky.

The harnessed light , introduced greenery and fresh feel of the renovated atrium interior are aesthetically connected to Canopy with its organic subject matter and plywood perforated forms which allow light to penetrate. The artwork enlivens the space with elements that undulate, and cascade into the space. The work is contemporary with its mesmerising repetitious detail and contemporary design.

The artwork is structured around six circular portals suspended from the ceiling dispersed across the designated installation zone. Encircling these portals are the descending heart shaped vine motifs that are modular in design. Cascading below the vines are multiple seed pod forms that offer a delicacy and sophisticated beauty to the space. This canopy of climbing plants with perforated leaves creates a dappled and reflective environment . The feeling is of a fertile overhanging pergola.

In the Planta9on Kitchen Eatery Atrium of Casuarina Shopping Square customers are invited to retreat into the cool calm environment of Canopy providing welcome respite from the searing heat outside. Canopy consists of leaves pods and tendrils craKed in a light-weight plywood crea9ng an earthy paleDe.

Inspira9on is drawn from Indigenous bush food, local Asian market garden produce, Greek pa9o vines, Darwin cuisine, symmetry in nature and constella9ons in the night sky.

The harnessed light , introduced greenery and fresh feel of the renovated atrium interior are aesthe9cally connected to Canopy with its organic subject maDer and plywood perforated forms which allow light to penetrate. The artwork enlivens the space with elements that undulate, and cascade into the space. The work is contemporary with its mesmerising repe99ous detail and contemporary design.

The artwork is structured around six circular portals suspended from the ceiling dispersed across the designated installa9on zone. Encircling these portals are the descending heart shaped vine mo9fs that are modular in design. Cascading below the vines are mul9ple seed pod forms that offer a delicacy and sophis9cated beauty to the space. This canopy of climbing plants with perforated leaves creates a dappled and reflec9ve environment . The feeling is of a fer9le overhanging pergola.

https://www.casuarinasquare.com.au/what-s-happening/be-impressed-new-food-court-now-open

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