Salt Shadow

, 2003
2003 Cast salt 25 x 25 x 230cm Duration 9 months
Salt Shadow

A cast salt gum tree slowly dissolves with the tides into the mangrove swamps at the edge of the Noosa River
where substantial residential development has encroached into areas previously occupied by the changing river path. The area was logged by European settlers throughout the 19th century, with the first timber cutters arriving in around 1865. The work references colonial history and human endeavour and questions how contemporary Australia relates to place and stories of plunder and profit through the materials of that place.

The salt is gradually absorbed by the pneumatofores and eventually expelled through the mangrove leaves.

Images below are from another related experimental work on the same river.


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