Flood Debris, Princes Bridge Lamps, 2018
Neon, transformer, wires, 2.2 x 1.8 x 1.1m
Neon sculpture was generated from a site work at Princes Bridge, marking cultural debris caught on 100 floodline The bridge was significantly widened to handle increased shipping traffic and alleviate flooding. There is a direct site line between the neon sculpture and Princes Bridge Lamps through the gallery window.
Through site and time-specific neon light installations Floodplain identifies a series of river intervention sites and cultural institutions situated in the floodplain along the 242 kilometre Yarra River (Birrarung). These neon interventions represent cultural debris that marks the 100-year flood line at each of these sites. Each neon intervention was a site action for a single day, solar power was collected through the day and illuminated at the threshold of day and night, each photograph faced north as a continuum narrative from the source to the mouth of the river.
This project is supported by the National Gallery of Victoria, Australian Council for the Arts, Melbourne Water, Georges Mora Foundation and State Library Victoria and the Wurundjeri Cultural Heritage Council Aboriginal Corporation.
Published by Perimeter Books
Essay by Senior Curator ACCA, Annika Kristensen
Designed by Paul Mylecharane, Public Office