TITLE: Coral Sea Motif
SIZE: 10.6 metres long x 1.8 metre high
MEDIUM: painted wood construction
CLIENT: Sunshine Coast Council
SITE: David Low Way, Coolum Beach Esplanade, Australia
A R T I S T S T A T E M E N T
I used the universal shape of a ‘fin’ to tell some of my personal stories about Coolum. The background (subterranean) boards reference the traditional place-name of Coolum having ‘plenty of fresh water’. The planks also vary in dimensions and colours like a territorial brand, to express Coolum’s contemporary identity threatened by over-population. We all love our town. The individual fin cut-outs represent a crowded surf and the Polynesian-styled panels below are our ancestors. The smallest fin-like shapes are the spark of grommets and our community potential. Fins or ‘blanks’ that sit within all of these shapes symbolise loss. Every fin is someone I have surfed with in a now endangered Coral Sea.