Brenda Lam (Australia) / Priyanka Martin (India)
Rejuvenate challenges visitors to consider the positive impacts of change. It takes as its model a tree that annually sheds its outer bark to reveal a rainbow of colour.
This intriguing multicoloured light sculpture stands in the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney. Its prototype from nature is the Rainbow Eucalyptus, which thrives in the tropical forests of New Britain, New Guinea, Seram Island, Sulawesi and Mindanao.
Each year the tree sheds patches of its outer bark, revealing a bright green inner surface. This then darkens and matures to give blue, purple, orange and then maroon tones to the trunk and branches.
The shedding of the bark heralds a positive change for the Rainbow Eucalyptus. It helps to keep the tree healthy as any bark with moss, lichens, fungi and parasites simply falls off and it allows its trunk to enlarge.
Rejuvenate, with its beautiful multi-coloured ‘bark’, represents both change and growth. It inspires visitors to try something new, to be bold about their choices and to embrace change — because through change rainbows are revealed.
Country represented by installation: Australia