Mangrove

Otto Brisbane has a fabulous location, overlooking the Brisbane River. The ‘Mangrove’ artwork is inspired by this spectacular location. Before I visited the site I researched plants that might be found on the river banks and I envisioned an artwork depicting mangrove trees. When I visited the site I was delighted to see mangrove trees growing on the river bank opposite the restaurant.

The ‘mangrove’ trees are made from brass which has been aged to represent tide and watermarks. There will be two ‘seasons’ for this artwork. The ‘Dry Season’ has leaves made from birch ply, which have been stained to relate to the beautiful hardwood used in the restaurant interior. The mangrove seeds are coloured with a range of magenta inks, to link the artwork back to the rich carpet and striking ‘fan lights’ in the main dining area. Every so often a shiny brass leaf adds a bit of sparkle to the leaves. I wanted to add a bit of ‘bling’ as this is a sophisticated, beautiful interior space.

I have curved the mangrove roots by hand, and pinned the trees off the walls so that they have a sculptural dimension. The leaves move gently in the breeze coming in off the river.

The Dry Season

The Dry Season mobiles are made from poplar wood which has been stained to resemble the hardwood in the restaurant interior. The mangrove seeds are coloured with a range of magenta inks, to link the artwork back to the rich carpet and striking ‘fan lights’ in the main dining area. Every so often a shiny brass leaf adds a bit of sparkle to the leaves.

The Wet Season

The Wet Season leaves are made from hand dyed silk. I have used a variety of silk dyeing techniques, including ice dyeing, shibori and sprinkling rock salt on the wet silk. In this way I have created visual textures on the silk so that the fabric is reminiscent of light shining on water, and the earthy tones of estuarine waterways. The silk creates a sense of lightness as the mobiles are illuminated by the light from the windows, and move gently in the breeze.

Location: Otto Ristorante Brisbane
Art discipline: sculpture
Commission: Mangrove
Date: 2016
Photography by: Scott Shirley