Thursday, July 15, 2010
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This Artplay 3D set is a freeform model-making kit that gives the
owner title to realise imagined city masterplans, cathedrals, low
cost housing schemes, modernist residences, Tokyo shopping
centres, power stations, tree houses …
Artplay 3D is made by hand screen printing 1960’s photographs of
architecture onto wooden blocks fashioned from timbers salvaged
from heritage Melbourne buildings.
There’s something familiar about working with these blocks, they
trigger memories, perhaps from childhood or a film, or a
constructed image from a novel.
1960’s photography, St Mark’s Basilica, historic wood, Amsterdam,
Unite d’Habitation, tell tale signs of a previous life, Le Corbusier, a
keyhole… All the pieces in this set have a legacy both in their
materials and their form.
The pale, heavy tongue & groove floor boards were taken from
one of the first cuts of Australian old growth Carrie Pine, milled in
1880 for Lonsdale House, later to become The Emporium in the
1930’s. Heralded by the National Trust as a heritage landmark, the
building was demolished in January 2010. Those original Carrie
Pine tongue & groove boards live on in this set.
Another story of natural heritage is found in the exceptionally light
1950’s redwood door sections made from old growth Red Cedar
from British Colombia, part of the giant arborvitae ‘tree of life’
group. Looking at the grain of this wood it’s possible to realise the
scale and age of this species, six metres around and eighty metres
high, living up to 1500 years and now found in this first edition of