Andrew Belletty, Mark Leacy & Bianca Hayden, Mark Surtees, Heidi Axelsen & Hugo Moline and Georgina Donovan & Freedom Wilson have all been selected to develop contemporary art installations for each laneway. All five artworks respond to and celebrate the theme of ‘sustainability,’ with each work presenting a unique and creative perspective on this theme.
Install will commence in late August with the project due to launch in the school holidays in September.
‘The Gift’- Church Lane
Heidi Axelsen and Hugo Moline are artists living in Katoomba who work across architecture, installation, social process and public art. They make site-specific devices, discursive machines and social infrastructures.
Their work for Living Lanes, titled, ‘The Gift’ will be a site-specific structure that responds to an existing network of sharing among the communities in Katoomba; a physical installation that represents the concepts of shared resources and fixing things. The Gift will be 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.
‘Mushroom Matrix’ – Penny Lane
Experimental printmaker Freedom Wilson & designer and maker Georgina Donovan are experienced artists that call Katoomba home are set to transform Penny Lane with their work ‘Mushroom Matrix,’ as part of the Living Lanes project.
Fungi play an integral role for many other lives within the rainforest, supporting plants with nutrition and transforming environments by devouring fallen branches and trees. Local mushrooms in the gullies below Katoomba captivate us all with exquisite form, unexpected texture, colour and sometimes phosphorescence.
The work will feature images of native mushroom species printed onto a large scale plywood surface with other print images including mushroom habitats, morphology, plant parts and wildflowers. Layered drawings feature the leaf litter and dried flowers of Sassafras trees, Coachwoods, Banksia and gully ferns as a tribute to the complex relationships between different species of plant and fungi.
Mushroom forms will be cut from sustainable plantation plywood and also fixed to the brick walls of the laneways to represent the unique fungi species growing within the escarpment and gullies of the ancient Katoomba rainforest below.
‘The Click’ – College Lane
Mark is an award winning artist, educator and designer who resides in the beautiful township of Blackheath. Originally an industrial designer from the UK, his work sits at the cross-section of Art and Design through the use of a wide range of mediums, techniques and processes that draw on over 20 years experience as a designer/maker. Making things has always been part of his DNA and he has also had the pleasure of working as a lecturer in both the UK and Australia.
‘The Click’ is a work that literally creates and organises thought. It The work asks people to tell us how we can make things better, more sustainable through action & change – from individual improvement to the wider lens of community and country.
Visitors are encouraged to scan the QR code which then takes them to a simple and beautiful website. Once people arrive at the website they are presented with two boxes; Action & Change. They will then be encouraged to give advice, thought or opinion on how we might improve things: big or small, individual or global.
All data from ‘The Click’ will be presented in an illustrated book, additional web page or a standalone exhibition for viewers to experience submission answers generated from this project in order to understand what elements of sustainability are most important to us as humans.
‘Echo Lane’ – Davies Lane
Dr Andrew Belletty is a founding member of Yothu Yindi, internationally acclaimed sound designer and former Head of Sound at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. Exhibitions include; listen_Up, with r e a & Judy Atkinson, Big Anxiety Festival, 2019. The Origins of Art, a collaboration with Maria Fernanda Cardoso, MONA, 2017, SITEWORKS, 2018, MCA,2019 TATE MODERN (2020). Various, UTS Data Arena, 2017, VR Noir, VIVID, 2016, River Journey, Galleries UNSW, 2016, The Eyewash, Powerhouse Museum, 2014.
‘Echo Lane’ will be a space for shared acoustic experiences, featuring 6 trumpet horn speakers suspended above the laneway and connected to the walls through convoluted metallic tubes.
The laneway encompasses unique acoustic properties where sounds echo naturally and organically without the need for electric amplification.
The work aims to be inclusive at all levels – providing an intimate amphitheatre experience for anyone with the inclusion of 6 benches and wheelchair accessible flexible Speaking Tubes. It also offers opportunities for spontaneous happenings from pedestrians, professional buskers, amateur performers, children, in fact anybody who can speak, sing, or even amplify music played from handheld devices into collector pipes and create shared experiences.
‘Times Spectrum’ – Ha Penny Lane
Bianca Hayden and Mark Leacy are sound and visual artists based in Blackheath. With a collaborative arts career spanning over 10 years, the pair create works that are interactive and experiment with light, sculpture, sound and geometry. Bianca and Mark are co-founders of Steep St. in Katoomba, an interactive concept piece which explores the human relationship with its environment through sound, smell, touch, sight and audio – a continuous experiment now transitioning into STST.ARI.
‘Times Spectrum’ is an immersive artwork that includes the installation of dichroic sculptures that spin slowly, dispersing coloured sunlight and shadowy figures down onto the ground and pedestrians, with coloured painted artwork interacting with the light play
The installation will be a true living lane that will have a different aesthetic appearance over time and respond to different weather, lights, and times of the year.