Heidi Axelsen and Hugo Moline work across the forms of architecture, installation, social process and situated public art. They make site-specific devices, discursive machines and social infrastructures. Their work takes many forms, depending on the context and has included: personalised vehicles, adaptable shelters, hand-made maps, soluble animals, edible cities, a tea cart which collects stories and a galvanised steel park shelter which predicts the weather. These lean but intriguing devices actively engage people to question, understand and act-upon the built and political structures which frame our lives.
Their work for Living Lanes, titled, ‘The Gift’ is a site-specific structure that represents the concepts of shared resources and fixing things. The Gift is a simple, lockable structure able to be used for a variety of different giving practices by individuals and organisations on the basis of generosity and mutual benefit.
This work seeks to be both a mascot and new infrastructure to support the expansion of the collaborative and generous practices that already exist in Katoomba.