Utilising readily available resources on site, Selig’s Echo and Shelter have generated interest and discussion amongst the Varsity Lakes community, creating anticipation for the remaining commissioned works and projects to be rolled out in the coming year. Selig works predominantly in large-scale installations and has exhibited widely throughout Australia. Earlier this year her work was subject of a significant solo exhibition at the Brisbane City Gallery and, in 2004, Selig will undertake a four-week residency in the United Kingdom.
Situated on the embankment of Lake Orr, Selig’s Echo is a large-scale drawing mapped out with turf-marking paint. The work relates to the water of Lake Orr, and to the vast sound space created by it. The work considers the resonant effects of such a calm expanse of water and its amplification by the built environment that has emerged around it. Selig articulates this response through interwoven lines and rings that not only relate to the ripples in the water but also to the reverberation and expansion of sound waves across the landscape.
In Shelter Selig reflects on patterns created in the built environment and reconsiders our relationship to the domestic dwelling. Replicating the roof structures of three houses formed by mounds of earth and fresh turf, the roof forms appear to be growing up out of the ground. In this way Shelter refers not only to future developments at this site but also to the little considered concept that all materials in our environment have originated from the earth.
Delfin Lend Lease engaged Brecknock Consulting to develop a site-specific strategy that outlines opportunities for the integration of art and design, provide curatorial recommendations for the selection of artists, and undertake the management of the commissioning processes. The selection of Selig for the Varsity Lakes project highlights the project’s commitment to sourcing high-profile Australian artists to develop sophisticated artworks.
Other projects currently being commissioned include an artist-in-residency by Jemima Wyman at the Varsity Lakes Primary and Secondary School. Wyman’s residency will cumulate in a series of temporal installations, performance events, and an exhibition at the Bond University’s gallery space.
Permanent works approaching completion on site include a large-scale water feature by Barbara Penrose, in Central Park, and a series of spinning fish totems by Mandy Ridley in Lake Orr. Other projects currently in development include an environmental sculpture by Paul Johnson, featuring a large-scale sculptural nest and egg, and a permanent video installation by Craig Walsh located throughout the Varsity site. This project has the potential to set a challenging benchmark for public art in planned residential developments.