Every year one work from the Sculpture at Scenic World exhibition is chosen for the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Exhibition Opportunity, which will be displayed for one month at the Cultural Centre’s central courtyard after Sculpture at Scenic World concludes.
This year the Exhibition Opportunity was awarded to Suzie Bleach & Andy Townsend with their work Alicanto.
The work Alicanto (2015) takes its inspiration from a bird in Chilean mythology that inhabits small caves in mineral bearing hills and feeds upon gold and silver. A fortunate miner, following the bird undetected, will find silver or gold. But, if alerted, the Alicanto will guide the greedy miner into a precipice and certain death. This hybrid is an allegory of human yearning for “growth”, ever rising wealth, what Dr. Seuss described as “biggering and biggering”, and also the perils and risks associated with achieving and maintaining our rising living standards.
The form of the figure is rendered as a steel grid, referencing contemporary digital interpretations of the built and natural worlds that have become commonplace these days. Computer technology allows us to explore beneath the surface of humans and mountains. The figure itself has more than a passing resemblance to a fallen angel.
Alicanto will be exhibited at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre’s central courtyard from 6 June – 4 July 2016.
Image: SUZIE BLEACH & ANDY TOWNSEND Alicanto 2015, welded steel and found objects, 113 x 67 x 29 cm. image Silversalt Photography