On Monday day and then into the night, Order, Structure, Pattern #2 got pulled and snipped into its final shape. Yesterday the lighting was finished and today the work was finally open to the public along with the Leading Edge exhibition at the National Library of NZ. 2000 metres of rope and extension cord and 4000+ cable ties.
Here are some images of those final stages where I worked in the dark at the National Library – well, I had the lights on but it was me and the security guards and the podcasts.
and voila! This is not the actual view of the finished work as the black blinds have been lifted and you will be able to see through the work to the exhibition behind – further complicating the work. However, the audience will be able to navigate the work in the internal gallery where the view will vary and all will be revealed! More images to come soon as well as another time lapse.
order structure pattern #2 from Gabby O'Connor on Vimeo.
Here is the time lapse of the installation process so far [day 5].
Thanks to Lucinda and the lovely volunteers Angela and Kate for helping speed things along.
Still have a couple of more days finishing the blue, yellow and pink sections but the end is in sight.
Today is day four of the install. The work is taking shape, slowly and surely. Thanks to my trusty assistant Lucinda, we are keeping to schedule too and have used almost 2000 cable ties so far. It is great to have conversation during the process as well as to have someone to celebrate the small victories with. We do feel like animals in the zoo though in our glass box for all to see!
It doesn’t look like much but a lot has been achieved today. I have rearranged the main zig zag in the ceiling so that it takes advantage of the strongest cross braces in the grid. The vertical [yellow] lines have been positioned, turnbuckles tightened and nails broken.
The blue tape is just evidence that the zig zag works which has me breathing a sigh of relief. I confused myself a few times but thankfully now, it is all working just like my drawings.
Tomorrow I will begin cable tying the orange ropes and extension cords.
Now it is time to relax for a moment and reflect on the ensuing order, structure and pattern [or chaos!]
Looks productive already!
After loading all the boxes and ladders into the car, all the materials and equipment are now in the gallery ready to start installing.
I am currently trying to acclimatise to the space after discovering that this will be a performance installation – ie the blinds block off the internal gallery, but not the one I will be working in.
This means that if you are passing by the National Library in Molesworth St, Wellington over the next 2 weeks, you will be able to see Order, Structure, Pattern take shape. There are only a few cosmetic decisions left to make before I start spending a large amount of time up a ladder.
Today I am packing and preparing equipment and materials so that I can begin installing Order, Structure, Pattern #2 at the National Library of NZ. This work continues from the collaboration with Shaun Hendy about complexity and innovation networks and his book Get off the Grass.
The work is part of a greater exhibition about innovation in NZ and is titled the Leading Edge. My work will be the art project within a sea of design, technology and engineering feats. It is all quite exciting really. Already I have a few volunteers dropping by to help tighten a cable tie or two. Due to the repetitive nature of the work it is always nice to have some company and fine conversation.
Anyhow, I have to go back to the hardware store for a few last minute supplies.
These pics are the before shot, and next week I will chronicle the installation before the big reveal on the 3rd December, 2013.
A few weeks ago I worked with the gifted kids “one day school” at Miramar Central School and their wonderful teacher Nomi. For the two different groups I ran a few different workshop activities focusing on creating patterns while playing with the shape systems developed for my ice berg works. In the first week we used only paper and plastic strapping and staplers and talked about Antarctica, ice, exploration, brine tubes and pattern. In the second week, using drawing that referenced the shapes used the previous week, I showed the students how to generate a motif that can then be developed into a repeat pattern. This technique is used in surface pattern design – ie for textiles, wallpaper and wrapping paper etc. The kids took to all activities with such gusto – so much so, we kept running out of time. I could have easily worked with the kids for a full day each time rather than 1.5hr sessions!