Project Description

Outline markings for the placement of the Sensory Project Site.

Sensory Project Site in the process of construction. Reinforcement steel grid wire, construction pine, bird netting, sand, external cladding pine needles and paperbark. 3,500 cm height x 3,000 cm wide x 6,000 cm deep.

Sensory Project Site in the process of construction.
Reinforcement steel grid wire, construction pine, bird netting, sand, external cladding pine needles and paperbark.
3,500 cm height x 3,000 cm wide x 6,000 cm deep.

Inside the Sensory Project Site after it was clad with paperbark.

The Sensory Project Site

During my Master of Art by research degree, I built a Sensory Project Site to test my projects at Federation University, Gippsland campus. Together both the qualities of the site (pine plantation) itself and the physical materials informed my projects. The rationale for a temporary project site was to achieve several short-term projects to investigate qualities of organic material and enabled large-scale work to be executed.

The pine forest has distinct textures, specifically bark and pine cones inclusive of a dense layer of pine needles covering the ground producing a peculiar quietness. The sun and wind merge through the pine trees in a particular measure and the smell of pine resin drifts through the air.

Investigations concerning material from site conditioned/determined steered my projects towards examining native plants, as contrast to the pine forest. I selected the melaleuca quinquenervia or common name, broad-leaf paperbark tree for its soft multiple layers, similar to qualities of skin.