Window to a Distant Landscape
Installation by Lindy McSwan
February 6 – March 31, 2016
Northcity4 Façade (24hr viewing)
As part of the Sustainable Living Festival 2016, Lindy McSwan has created a striking installation for the façade of Northcity4 using reclaimed materials and indigenous climbing plants.
Time spent in the landscape of the Victorian High Country severely affected by the February 2009 bushfires has been the subject of Lindy’s work over the last few years. Even long after the fires, hectare after hectare of native forest remained devastated. Incalculable numbers of dead trees stand in the landscape. While tragic, a quiet and haunting beauty remains.
The panorama of burnt dead trees standing like towering matchsticks is austere and ghostly. A strong sculptural aesthetic manifests. As a mass and individually, shimmering silvery tree trunks contrast with large expanses of pure black charcoal. A strong sense of endless distance and space is evident. Ridge?lines of mountains fading into the horizon appear as unreachable layered silhouettes.
In creating this window and gate installation for NC4 Lindy is working on a larger sculptural scale for the first time.
“This installation will be an extension of my expression of the landscape, previously explored using the vessel as my canvas”.
Lindy put a call out towards the end of 2015 to collect recycled materials from friends, family, hair salons and the local community. Silver, grey, black and white materials that she collected have been manipulated, painted and transformed to create an artwork, which references the severity of the landscape that has moved her.
Indigenous plants were chosen to suggest regrowth and hope for the future of this extraordinary landscape.
Lindy chose a selection of native climbing plants to include in the installation.
She has generously offered to gift these plants to the Northcity4 Indoor Forest Project at the end of the installation. Thanks Lindy!
Thank you to The Sustainable Living Festival for your support and commitment to a better future.