Flock 2016August 2016
Casuarina Shopping Square, Darwin
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 pale/e 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. h/p://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
Photos: Catriona Stanton