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2013 HC Coombs Creative Arts Fellow unveils project

A sculpture created by UK environmental artist, and 2013 H.C. Coombs Creative Arts Fellow, Chris Drury that will decay and grow over time was unveiled last Thursday at the ANU International Sculpture Park.

Chris, the 2013 H.C. Coombs Creative Arts Fellow, has spent one month on campus constructing the art work which explores the relationship between nature and culture.

“The non-static nature of the work is what makes this piece exciting,” said Gordon Bull, Head of the ANU School of Art, at the launch.

The materials used for the sculpture, The Way of Trees, Earth and Water, include a huge stone encased in rammed earth and surrounded by tree trunks. The trunks were scorched black and carved with patterns inspired by the Australian landscape. Four white-barked mannifera eucalyptus trees circle the entire work.

As the trees grow, the rammed earth and tree trunks will deteriorate, slowly uncovering the stone underneath. “In 30 – 40 years there will be four massive mannifera trees enclosing a standing stone,” says Chris.

“An idea grew to make a work which would both decay and grow and which would change over time; a work which acknowledged the red centre as well as looking towards the mountains from where replenishment - water, comes.”

H.C. Coombs Creative Arts Fellowship

The H.C. Coombs Creative Arts Fellowship, now in its 48th year, is awarded annually in the fields of visual arts, writing and performance. Chris says meeting and collaborating with ANU staff and students was a highlight of his visit to ANU.

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