Ruins

19th Biennale of Sydney, 2014. Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour, AU
Sandstone, concrete, cement, sand, turf, existing platform. 40.0m x 20.0m x 2.5m
biennaleofsydney.com.au/ruins
Ruins was a site specific installation describing an imagined archaeological site - a formation of ruinous structures, fragmented walls and scattered stone arrangements. It was constructed by hand and in-situ over the course of a three month residency, utilising 30 tonnes of sandstone rubble repurposed from nearby excavations. Situated in the void of a former hillside, the work re-staged the act of labour undertaken on the site by convicts subjected to build their own prisons. Creating the illusion of a historical subject, Ruins interwove the Island's heritage architecture and abandoned film-sets to question how our history is constructed, while demonstrating the physical influence of ancient materials on sculptural and architectural forms.