On rushed the yellow flood, crashing, and dashing and hurling Timber and logs and posts in the whirl of the foaming deep... After the Flood by Dora Wilcox...

Torrent

Location:

The Rocks
2000 NSW
Australia

Image. Suspended high overhead in a study black rectangular frame hundreds of slender eucalyptus branches form  the  weaving shape of a watercourse.  Coloured lights swirling across the undulating branches give the impression of rushing movement along the torrentís 20-metre length.

Event Details

Artist:
mcdermott baxter (Australia)

On rushed the yellow flood, crashing, and dashing and hurling Timber and logs and posts in the whirl of the foaming deep...
After the Flood by Dora Wilcox (1897)

Torrent marks the rise of extreme worldwide weather events, something we are familiar with in Australia with our droughts, bushfires and flooding rains. Even in Sydney, a Southerly Buster can create flash floods where gutters are full of rushing debris.

Torrent is made from curved eucalypt branches mounted in a swirling pattern, reminiscent of the flow of the rushing floodwater.The installation is illuminated by colour changing LED lighting and emphasises the beauty, dynamism and danger of the natural environment. It highlights how these challenges are becoming more potent as we face the pressures of climate change.

Artists Ruth McDermott and Ben Baxter of mcdermottbaxter explore the intersection of nature, technology and the city using lighting. They were inaugural Vivid Light artists in 2009 and have continued to exhibit every year.

Country represented by installation: Australia

Audio Description

Access and Inclusion

  • Audio described - Audio description is a service provided for patrons who are blind or have low vision. Trained audio describers give live, objective, verbal descriptions.
  • Wheelchair accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.