3 February 2015

Artists Let The Wind Steer The Artwork (2015)

Cindy Poole’s and Jason Woolridge’s interactive art work Titled Direction, the second landmark artwork for the Esperance Waterfront project, is a representation of the maritime history of the jetty and a way of connecting the jetty to the ocean.

The work is comprised of three distinct rudders which are designed to catch the wind and face towards the one direction. In doing so the rudders act like a large compass, pointing out the four cardinal directions. For Woolridge, "it is an interactive and child friendly sculpture, being interactive, it allows people to create their own directions and interpretations so people can come up and turn them as they like and kids can turn them around until their heart is content."

Accompanying the rudders are the cardinal points made from recycled Jarrah corbels from the Tanker Jetty. Each marker features a delicate glass insert that incorporates local sand and sandblasted digital images of local marine life. For Poole, the glass components act as place makers allowing those who are unfamiliar with the area to get their bearings. Like the Whale Tail, Tilted Directions was made using local supplies and services. Each rudder was laser cut, assembled and then finished by hand. 

‘With a bay full of islands and a history of fishing the ability to orientate ones position and ascertain wind direction is a fun and interactive way to combine art with practicality.’

  • Artists: Cindy Poole and Jason Woolridge
  • Title of Works: Tilted Direction
  • Client: Shire of Esperance
  • Project Location: Esperance Waterfront
  • Role of Artsource: Art Consultant
  • Materials: Aluminium, Wood, Glass and Stainless Steel
  • Budget: 65,000
  • Year Completed: 2014

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