Chrysalis was part of the Montalto Sculpture Prize and has recently been purchased by The Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust and will soon be installed at the Fawkner Cemetery.
The work is intended to not only to reflect the transformations of the past, but also to draw attention to the continuing evolution of the present. The sculpture shows only one wing has emerged, the process halted before the revelation of its full. What exactly will it be? The unknown offers excitement, wonder and sometimes trepidation. A rebirth of sorts. A recognition of the care required to protect what is precious, until it is fully formed.
The work has been designed in response to the dynamic changes happening in my local neighbourhood. The thoughts underlying the sculpture is consideration for the delicate balance required between old and new. As with Chrysalis, the period of metamorphous is a delicate time. We need to manage this well and find a balance between the ‘new guard’ and the ‘old school’
Constructed from reclaimed steel and stone the sculpture. The work is intended to rust over time. The rust is an intended outcome, with the rich reds working in with the landscape, imbuing an organic tone to the work.