Snell Architects: Joe Snell (Australia)
Tim Barry (Australia)
Ember evokes the sinister beauty of glowing, flaring embers.
In a bushfire these small fragments of intense, burning heat spearhead ‘ember attacks’ that ignite the surrounding bush and spread destructive flames.
This ember has landed in the city, and to create the sense of its hot burning aesthetic, artist Joe Snell has constructed a 30m-long installation using recycled polypropylene underground modular water tanks, commonly used in the drainage industry. The strength of these unusual building blocks makes it very robust so visitors are able to sit and stand upon the structure.
Red, orange and yellow activated LEDs are placed behind a ‘veil’ of recycled sailcloth, which acts as a diffuser to create a soft glow; strategic cuts in the material’s surface also add the odd sparkle.
The artist believes that it is important to use technology to explore and celebrate phenomenon other than itself.
The aim of this installation is to use the medium of technology to transport the viewer to a source of natural wonder.
Country represented by installation: Australia