Public Art is often a contentious topic. What is it for and what does it mean? Stakeholder engagement and heritage theme of the design. These are the questions people usually ask. The answer is frequently attached to what people know.
What do you know about Anamorphic resonance? Let’s start with the Artists’ statement.
‘Anamorphic Resonance’ is a work that celebrates the vision and the work of designer Walter Burley Griffin. It occupies a space roughly 3m high by 3m wide by 6m deep (roughly conical in shape emanating out from a viewing point towards the water towers from a small ornate frame at the far-end). People are free to wander through the work, admire their craftsmanship and ponder their meaning. From most perspectives it appears to be simply an abstract installation of Art Deco ornaments, cornices and geometric patterns (inspired by the distinctive ornaments that adorn Walter Burley Griffin’s work and give Leeton its distinct look and feel). However, when viewed from just the correct angle, everything snaps into alignment and miraculously a portrait of the designer himself is revealed, framed by the iconic water towers he created. A small ornate frame at one end of the sculpture indicates the viewing point from which the portrait is fully resolved.
After dark, a spotlight will shine up through the sculpture to cast a silhouette of Walter Burley Griffin on to the central water tower. In this way the work will occupy the space both night and day, providing an interactive viewing experience in the day-time and a striking shadow sculpture that will create interest in the space after dark.
A word from the Project Manager to address the Stakeholders and interested community members, in assessing the engagement and heritage theme of by the design.
This is an extremely contemporary and innovative work but one that celebrates the cultural heritage of the district. The work, is situated in Chelmsford Place, celebrating the iconic design of Walter Burley Griffin whilst simultaneously painting a fitting Portrait of the artist himself.
This beautiful sculpture was completed in 2018 by artists Greg Pritchard and Dave Jones. Our Chelmsford Place festival is a wonderful opportunity to see this beautiful sculpture while enjoying lots of family friendly activities.