The handcrafting creation of bower nests replicated the behaviour of the bowerbird by gathering urban materials and reimagining them into alluring spatial and immersive worlds via precise articulation of intuitive pecks, wefts and warps.
Recycled materials such as nylon bird netting, hydraulic hose, trailer reflectors, cable ties were hand-woven into black netting via an intuitive if not hypnotic state of mind over a period of three months.
A variety of references informed the anachronistic form and pattern of the bower nests and environment, including Yves Klien’s monochrome ‘Blue Epoch’ artwork ‘IKB 191, 1962’, modernist Architect Gio Ponti’s seashell patterns within hotel Parco Dei Principi, temples & tepees and the weaving habits of New Guinean tribes.
The jungle paradise was reinforced with a perforated silver reflective backdrop and green foliage clippings collected from local gardens and erratically dispersed throughout the duration of the finale.
Premiered at Melbourne Festival, Arts House North Melbourne Town Hall 2011. Toured at MONA FOMA, Theatre Royal Hobart 2012 and Teo Otto Theater Remscheid Germany 2014.