ETERNAL VINE, embodying the weaving form of branches and vines, serves as a permanent fixture amidst a changing seasonal landscape.
As a tree without its roots or trunk, ETERNAL VINE becomes part of the changing ecosystem of vines that will envelope the overhead canopy in Hindmarsh Lane. The work highlights the deciduous cycles of summer, autumn and winter. Despite the temporality of the seasonal growth around it, ETERNAL VINE will always exist, serving as a continuous reminder of the natural surroundings.
ETERNAL VINE forms an appropriation of a creeping serpent, but its effects operate beyond just a sculptural object. The work is an apparatus that serves as a machine for viewing the surroundings, inviting users to stop, interact and explore.
The work’s reflective and porous exterior reveals hints of an interior landscape with changing colours, images, and patterns. Looking up, ETERNAL VINE manipulates and reconditions our perceptions of the surrounding environment, like a kaleidoscope, whilst simultaneously extending ethereal effects into the lane.
Externally, ETERNAL VINE appears as a mirrored snaking vine, an iconic and identifiable figure along Jetty Road. Internally, a succession of openings draw in images from the surrounds, reflecting the environment on the inside.
Weaving and snaking through the beams of the existing pergola in Hindmarsh Lane, the movement of people below, and the growth of the existing vines, will shape the work’s external and internal performance. The contrasts in the landscape’s colours along with the movement and changing densities of people would draw in a new experience every time. The changing environment creates specific interior and exterior effects that transform with the seasons. The work will reflect the reds, oranges, and browns of autumn and winter, and the greens, blues, and yellows of spring and summer.
ETERNAL VINE enables multiple readings of the surroundings in Hindmarsh Lane, a new way of seeing, allowing each individual user to capture their own unique experience of their local public space.