At Belconnen Arts Centre
Dancers on a Lakefront
By Konstantin Dimopoulos (2010)
On my site visit I was drawn to the proximity and beauty of Lake Ginninderra and to the long corridor that runs between the street and the arts centre. For the space here I sensed that it would be exciting to take the viewer on a journey. Given the dance studio’s vicinity and given that dance in all cultures is an energetic festival of life and movement, I felt that here was an opportunity to create in colour and line, a moving homage to the people through a dance metaphor of energy and vitality.
In this instance the water, the architecture of the building and the vertical lines echoed in the fabric of the building, suggest a celebration of movement. The sculpture develops this theme and is like a ballet in which these lines of different characters have their own part, choreographed and moved gently by the wind. Like music in dance, wind is the critical element in this production, shaping and forming with its influence.
Dance unites us all. All cultures have a form of dance, as do many birds and wildlife. Leaves dance and swirl in the wind, waves dance upon the sea. On visiting the site and looking at the relationship between the arts centre, Lake Ginninderra and the natural environment, I sense that dance is a uniting factor, bringing all the elements together to form a completeness.
I have created this work in yellows; one a warm rich yellow; the other a vibrant sunny yellow. The name for Lake Ginninderra comes from Ginin-ginin-derry which means throwing out little rays of light, sparkling. Dancers on a Lakefront captures this meaning in many different ways, from the colour to sunlight dancing on the rods, to its analogy with dance which, to me, resembles light, illuminating stories, openly and powerfully expressing emotion. The work also refers to the wider environment, the wheatfields in rural ACT the grasses and reeds around Lake Ginninderra. At night the work will change to become a beacon, a welcoming light drawing people towards the building, and that the ebb and flow of people around the work creates its own dialogue, the people moving around it becoming part of the artwork.
“Often when creating an artwork there are pleasant surprises. In this case the reflection of the artwork in the windows of the dance studio behind it; and on Lake Ginninderra.”
Ark in the Ark and Beyond
By Wataru Hamasaka
Two arks have been carved out of a single piece of white granite and the addition of water creates this beautiful floating ark within an ark. The artist’s inspiration originates from the Iwafune Shrine in Osaka – a massive, boat-shaped, traditional Shinto rock shrine.
By Paul Haslam and Richard Lamond (2013)
“I have always been a maker, full time for the last 20 years. I have training and experience with a wide variety of tools and processes, and my art incorporates a wide array of mediums. My expression draws on interests across graphic concepts, form and function, surface and texture, and an intrigue with transience. In my art I like to lead the audience’s thoughts with minimal content. While exploring Ginninderra Creek we were impressed by a lizard on the opposite bank. We have used the lizard’s form to express some of the personalities of the river as it interacts with the landscape.”
Kindly donated to Belconnen Arts Centre by Rena McCawley.