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.
Territorians will strongly connect with this design because whether they are foragers, growers, cooks or none of the above, all Territorians appreciate the diversity and abundance of good food available in Darwin. Darwin is the melting pot of Indigenous, Asian and European cuisine in a tropical context. Climbing plants are prevalent in Darwin; in the monsoon rainforests, suburban backyards and community gardens.
The design is based on a heart-shaped leaf motif with hanging seed pods. It is an abstraction of the native long yam, the Asian green Kangkong , the Greek grape vine and the climbing Snake bean. The motif is purposefully made indeterminate to appeal to the broad cross section of people coming in contact with the artwork.
The vines are centered around six circular portals suspended from the ceiling which could be read as the circumference of a tree trunk or an opening to the sky beyond the canopy.
PORTALS TO THE SKY
The vines are to be clustered around six circular portals or discs that can be interpreted as the circumference of tree trunks that the vines climb around or the opening of the canopy to the sky beyond.
The constellation of the six discs are connected by their gill striations inspired by the underside of mushroom caps. The Darwin climate favours the growth of all sorts of fungi.
These discs create hubs for the elements to cascade from and are feature points in the vast atrium space, visual wells to draw the public in and natural umbrellas of light and pattern to congregate under.
Light and transparency are featured in the work through the perforation of the leaf forms. This allows light through the work and the viewer to be able to visually penetrate the forms. The perforations can be applied in a variety of ways.
The skeleton of the leaf structure or the veins can be left in the positive and the rest of the leaf in negative space.
Pin pricks can be pierced along the veins and the rest of the leaf left in the positive. Random patterns of insect holes can perforate the leaves.
A regimented pattern of puncture holes can be applied evenly across the leaves.