A new public artwork has been in unveiled in the Melbourne suburb of Southbank.
Situated on the Sturt Street façade of new 24-storey apartment building Guild, Moment is a 7 metre by 7 metre permanent steel sculpture work by Melbourne artist Damian Vick.
The three tonne installation, which is suspended above ground level, comprises of over 750 machine cut triangles, each labeled with a system of code Vick developed to enable its exact arrangement and assembly. Assembled off-site into 49 different sections, the work was then constructed by a team of three onto the Guild facade, each section installed in a precise order as mapped out by the artist’s code.
Located adjacent to the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Malthouse Theatre and the Victorian College of the Arts, the Guild building lies in the heart of the Southbank art precinct. Recognising this, Kathryn Gunn, Director of the building’s management company PGA Developments Pty Ltd, and Les Smith, director of developer LAS Projects Pty Ltd, saw the opportunity to commission an artwork on the building’s Sturt Street facing façade.
“It was important that the building merge and complement its surroundings” says Gunn. “We wanted the building to be part of the precinct. For it to engage with passers by and contribute to public amenity, while also playing its part as a significant building in a rich cultural hub”. On selecting Vick as the artist commissioned to create the piece, Gunn says “I’d seen Damian’s work, and had seen he had such a passion for working with sculpture and in making public work”.
While Vick is aware that to the passer by, the artwork’s impact will be for the most part visual, the work is strong in concept and meaning. Vick explains: “This sculpture attempts to describe a core truth of our universe; that energy is never created nor destroyed, it is only transferred and transformed as it evolves toward a state of higher entropy. I feel that the work relates to its context in the Arts hub as it embodies the creative energy and progression that is inherent in all creative pursuits.”
Moment is the first major public commission for Vick, who says it his long held dream and passion to make large scale works in a public setting. “I feel very fortunate that this opportunity came my way. It has been a demanding, challenging and rewarding experience and I look forward to the next opportunity”.
Damian Vick is a Melbourne based artist who produces both sculpture and installation works. Damian's desire to develop projects in an expressive, physical medium grew from his experience in graphic design.
With an affinity for metals, timber and other natural materials his aesthetic explores a landscape that ranges from bold and structured to lyrical and organic; tempered by a casual and refined chaos. The underlying theme of Damian's work is based in the natural world, which has contributed to Damian's diverse collection.
7 metres x 7 metres x 2.4 metres
152 Sturt St, South Melbourne
Size: Two towers, 24 levels & 12 levels, 317 Apartments
Completed: March 2013
Architect: Peddle Thorpe Architects
Developer: PGA (Developments) Pty Ltd and LAS Projects Development Pty Ltd
Builder: L U Simon Builders Pty Ltd
Features: Pool, gym, rooftop garden, 6 star Nathers green star rating
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