Inflorescence, Peninsula Link Freeway, Langwarrin Exit Ramp 

Proposal by Matthew Bird & Phillips Adams, in collaboration

Fifty-four car trailers kaleidoscopically arrayed into an idiosyncratic ballet of brilliant Waratah blossoms. Artist architect Matthew Bird and performance artist & choreographer Phillip Adams propose to capture the imaginations of the PeninsulaLink commuters with Inflorescence, a juxtaposition of car culture iconography and the exquisiteness of Australian botany and native flora. An anachronistic and curious monument materializes, a hyper-collage of our manufacturing world with the sublime natural environment. The artists have metamorphosed colours, patterns and textures of the Waratah flower with motor vehicle semiotics and materials to create an esoteric symbolic dialogue of the synthetic and the ecological. With each drive-by, day and night, Bird and Adams hope commuters will be excited to experience the multifaceted sculpture, one that offers numerous strangely familiar everyday, native and uncanny references.

The artists have considered the scale, arrangement and orientation of forms & lighting of the sculpture to capture the car commuters’ viewpoints and imagination. The top cylinder of Inflorescence will be visible from southbound EastLink freeway traffic appearing as hovering colorful disc and with lighting appear as a kaleidoscopic pattern in the night sky. At the intersection of Cranbourne Road Bridge the commuter will view the full sculpture at closer inspection and within its bush/ scrub context. The orientation of the rotated cylinders will offer multiple visual advantages to both directions of stationary and moving traffic with the vivid colours and night lighting will juxtapose and bloom within the adjacent flora and sky.

When designing ideas for the sculpture the artists considered the following: > A grand pas de deux of monumental and beautiful monster truck wheels > Esoteric choreography of a duet of monumental objects in apparent revolution > An anachronistic approach by merging seemingly disparate references of car culture and botany > The strangely familiar… intertwining symbolic references of the toe-bar, car trailer, monster truck tire, wheel alloys, kaleidoscope, wind-spinners… whilst embodying the materiality of a striking plant/ flower in full bloom. > The artists have conceived the sculpture to inhabit the site as a painterly expression of compositions in the manner of Australian landscape paintings of John Glover and Louis Buvelot.

Visualisations: Kevin Vang

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