Understory, Art in Nature, Northcliffe, Western Australia.
This public artwork takes its inspiration from the iconic Karri Stags left by the settlers of the ill fated group settlement scheme. Visually it plays with the vertical lines of the forest, as you round the corner the tree is across the walk trail falling towards you, it is threatening, but transparent at the same time, a ghostly tree, a memory of the struggle from days gone by.
Coming from a primarily horizontal and open landscape, and over the past few years spending some time in the vertical closed landscape of the southwest forests at Donnelly and Margaret River, the vertical aspect was one of the things I wanted to explore with this sculpture. One of the aims of the sculpture was for it to blend in and become part of the forest. The work camouflages amongst the trees and changes with the dappled cold light of the forest. If you visit this work you will find it very hard to photograph because of this.