This year, Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design has been invited to undertake a major installation project as part of Urbis Designday 2013 in Auckland, New Zealand. Hewlett Packard (one of the major sponsors of the event) have requested to team up with Whitecliffe, meaning that a couple of students and recent graduates (including me) are going to produce a significant art event for Designday!
Our artworks are going to be displayed down in Silo Park inside these huge containers which were once used to hold cement. The Silos, aka “Silo Six” (name derived because there are 6 closely grouped Silos) is situated in the Wynyard Quarter, west of the Viaduct Basin.
Right now, we have just about two weeks till d-day and for my contribution to this project, I am revisiting my Gather (10^5) grass project (more info. in my previous post Ethical Imposition). The weather in Auckland this summer has been humid and hot, alot of sunshine and no rain. This means good news for campers but bad news for many farmers and me! No rain has meant that many areas and patches of grass have dried and turned yellow, even affecting my own back yard which has been the source of Gather.
So for the few weeks beforehand, I have been going grass hunting. Looking tiresomely to find green luscious areas of grass unaffected by the weather. My search has currently lead me to make 170 bundles (each bundles consisting of 100 blades of grass). My goal is to hopefully fill this new brown box, which is nearly half full and slowly turning yellow. Quality is so hard to find!
Will keep an update on more details to come soon. Stay tuned!